School places in Cheltenham
Proposals for a new school in Cheltenham
Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for planning and allocating local school places.
When planning places, the council considers factors such as the number of children in education in the town, the housing being developed and the local birth rate, to estimate the number of children entering year groups.
This information is then used to forecast the need for school places over the coming years.
Our forecasts have shown us that the school age population is rising and that there is a continuing need to increase the number of places in Cheltenham primary and secondary schools.
To help meet this increased need we’ve worked with schools in Cheltenham to use up surplus capacity and add new places to existing local schools. However, it is not possible to continue to expand these local schools.
As a result, the county council is looking at alternatives to help meet this increased demand, including the possibility of a new school in Cheltenham.
On Wednesday 13 December 2017, Cabinet gave approval to establish a new 900 place secondary school in Cheltenham to open in September 2019, subject to approved funding by Council in February 2018.
- Competition to receive proposals to establish a new school to open February 2018.
- Competition to close mid March 2018.
- Assessment of applications to take place in March 2018.
- Recommendation to Secretary of State submitted in April 2018.
- Notification of chosen sponsor in May/June 2018.
- Consultation conducted by chosen sponsor to take place in June / July 2018.
- School to open in September 2019.
Have a question or would like further information? Email us at NewCheltenhamSchool@gloucestershire.gov.uk or find the answers to some frequently asked questions in the Related Links.