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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.

Year 7 Forecasts

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. Funding for the school was approved by Council in February 2018.


Gloucestershire County Council is now seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to run this new school.

The county council will publish a specification and impact assessment from Wednesday 28 February 2018 for a period of four weeks to allow interested parties to submit bids to run the new school.

Once all bids are received these will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for information. The county council will then assess the proposals and hold interviews prior to submitting the preferred sponsor to the Secretary of State for final approval. The Secretary of State’s decision is delegated to the South West Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for determination.

Please click on the links below for the specification and impact assessment for a new school in Cheltenham:

Specification for a new school in Cheltenham

Impact assessment for a new school in Cheltenham


Next steps:

  • Competition to close at 12 noon on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
  • Assessment of applications to take place late March / early April 2018.
  • Applications Assessment Panel – Tuesday April 17 2018.
  • Recommendation to Secretary of State submitted late April 2018.
  • Notification of chosen sponsor in May/June 2018.
  • Consultation conducted by chosen sponsor to take place in June / July 2018. 

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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.