Today, The Holgate Academy has been identified by the government as one of the next 239 schools in England to benefit from a fourth wave of investment from the Department for Education’s ‘revolutionary ten-year rebuilding programme’.

The multi-billion pound scheme was first announced by the government in June 2020 and includes new buildings and renovation projects. The programme, scope and scale for the capital development at The Holgate Academy will be determined over the coming months, with the expectation that plans will include the latest green credentials and encompass an extensive range of modern educational facilities.

David Cotton, CEO at Diverse Academies Trust said: “We are thrilled that the Department for Education has included The Holgate Academy in the latest round of the School Rebuilding Programme and we are excited for what this will mean for our students and the community of Hucknall.

“This investment will cement the rapid improvements we are making to ensure that Holgate is an academy everyone can be proud of. Our core mission is to nurture curiosity, develop wellbeing and empower children and young people to go beyond their aspirations – and this development will provide enhanced, inspiring learning environments which will make an incredible difference to the lives of those who learn and work at the academy.”

Heather Widdup, executive principal at The Holgate Academy added: “We are ambitious for what our young people can achieve. Our whole staff team are incredibly excited for what the future holds for Holgate and how this capital investment will help us elevate our student’s aspirations. We look forward to working with the Department for Education and shaping a new era for The Holgate Academy.”

The Holgate Academy is the second of Diverse Academies Trust’s schools to benefit from the government’s rebuilding scheme, with Yeoman Park Academy – a specialist school for 3 to 19 year olds in Mansfield – having been announced in 2021.