Gloucestershire County Council has a statutory duty to plan the provision of school places and to ensure there are sufficient appropriately located places for all 4 to 16-year-old young people in the county. The council manages the impact of rising and declining pupil numbers and helps to create a diverse community of schools.

Our review paper provides the data to inform the place planning requirements for both primary and secondary aged children who will seek a place at a Gloucester school up to and including 2022 for primary and 2024 for secondary pupils.

You will find this paper on the link below:

Gloucester City Places Review


Hunts Grove Primary Academy is a new school in Gloucester which will support the Hunts Grove development.              

The project was completed in July 2019. 

The £5 million project at Severn Vale School was completed in March 2019 on time and within budget. The school has expanded by 1 form of entry, which will equate to an additional 150 pupils, to support the population growth in the Severn Vale area. Building work included:

  • expansion to the existing three storey block located centrally within the school
  • refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Science block
  • hall refurbishment and expansion
  • reconfiguration and refurbishment of the changing rooms as well as a single story extension to the front of the existing sports hall to create a new storeroom.

The work was officially opened by Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council and Councillor for Quedgeley and Head of Severn Vale school, Richard Johnson.

From September 2019, Barnwood Park Arts College expanded by 1 form of entry, which is equivalent to an additional class of 30 pupils. This was to facilitate the additional places and the change from single sex to a mixed school in September 2018.

Works included a new Sports Hall and internal refurbishment to the existing building.

The scheme at Innsworth Infant School was to provide one additional classroom to support the school increasing from a Pupil Admission Number (PAN) of 50 to 60 from Sept 2019. The project also provided a breakout space and minor alterations to the playground.

Works were carried out at Finlay Community School to expand the school by 1 form of entry (210 pupils overall). 

The expansion included two small extensions to the current building, with the majority of the work taking place internally. The extensions included classrooms, toilets, additional hard play and other improvements.

Expansion of the school to build a new classroom to cater for an additional 30 new reception places from September 2019.

The school provides a dedicated facility to support children and young people with complex difficulties including severe challenging behaviour. The funding will provide the dedicated facility with better equipped accommodation including more individual spaces and an additional teaching space to give staff flexibility in meeting the wide range of childrens needs.

In addition the new accommodation will be more robust to withstand damage, reducing the likelihood that areas are out of use until they are repaired. 

The outcome will be a significant improvement to the support offered to these vulnerable children. 

The Clearwater Primary School appeal has been upheld and planning consent given so the school will now be constructed on the site.

This means that the Department for Education will be progressing with the delivery of the school building imminently with a view to getting the new school building open and operational in September 2020.

Clearwater Primary School is already in operation but on a temporary site, for more details please visit their website.

Whilst Clearwater Primary School is is part of Gloucestershire County Council's delivery for school places, it is a free school and is funded by the Department for Education.


Works were carried out at Brockworth Primary Academy to help facilitate the schools expansion from one form of entry to two forms of entry from September 2019 onwards. Works included 3 brand new classrooms, additional toilets and breakout space, as well as a small amount of external work.  

The building works started in February 2019 and completed in September 2019.



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