The High School, Leckhampton

In 2017, Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet gave approval to establish a new 900 11-16 place secondary school in Cheltenham to meet the increased demand, funding was approved in 2018, with planning permission granted in 2020.

The school opened to pupils, on a temporary site at Balcarras School, in September 2021.

The school is run by Balcarras Academy Trust. Balcarras is a highly successful 11-18 school situated in the heart of the Charlton Kings area of east Cheltenham. Consistently rated outstanding by Ofsted, it has also been recognised by The Sunday Times as the most successful comprehensive school in the South West in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and has been named as The Sunday Times Southwest State Secondary School of the Decade in 2020.

The school opened to Year 7 pupils only in September 2021 as a 4 forms of entry school, this will rise to 5 and then 6 forms of entry with an eventual capacity of 900.

The new £30 million school opened in temporary accommodation at Balcarras School in September 2021. The new building is under construction and the school will relocate to the new site on Farm Lane in September 2022.

In preparation for the relocation of the school to its new site, plans for 2km of highways improvements can be viewed below. A number of new highways improvements will be made in order to ensure the parents, carers, and pupils can access the school as easily as possible.

The improvements made to the highways network, including a new footway and off-road shared footway/cycleway along Kidnappers Lane that will provide a continuous link along the whole of the road, will promote sustainable travel to the site, and make it easier to travel to school by foot, on bike, and by bus.

To view the plans, please see the images below. To sign up for newsletter updates about the High School Leckhampton project, click here.

Please contact highways@gloucestershire.gov.uk with any further enquiries.

Find out more about Balcarras' plans for the new school.

Highway improvement plans

The High School Leckhampton highways work - route map

The High School Leckhampton highway works - drawing 1

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Progress images

Progress images of the work on the new school building for the High School Leckhampton

Progress images of the work on the new school building for the High School Leckhampton

Progress images of the work on the new school building for the High School Leckhampton

Public engagement information

Two engagement events were held on 13 and 27 June 2019, which gave people the chance to view the proposals and speak with key people from the education, planning and highways teams, the architects, and representatives from Balcarras Academy, who are sponsoring the school.

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Proposals for a new school in Cheltenham

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) 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 indefinitely.

As a result, the county council is looking at alternatives to help meet this increased demand, including the proposal of a new school in Cheltenham.

On Wednesday 13 December 2017,  Cabinet gave approval to establish a new 900 11-16 place secondary school in Cheltenham. Funding for the school was approved by Council in February 2018.

Following a selection process in June 2018, the Regional Schools Commissioner announced that the preferred sponsor for the new school is Balcarras School in Charlton Kings. 

In February 2019, Kier Construction were announced as the main contractor to deliver the construction of the new school.