Gloucestershire school places strategy and projects
Gloucestershire County Council is investing £100 million in schools across the county. This includes expansions, new builds and refurbishments to school buildings.
Due to the rise in the county’s younger population, more school places are needed to cater for children. Gloucestershire County Council is committed to ensuring that the county’s children have the best education possible and that they receive a positive schooling experience wherever they attend.
With the responsibility for ensuring that there are enough school places for all children, we are investing £100 million into the county’s schools. This will include improvements to existing school facilities, expanding many others and a new secondary school in the south of Cheltenham.
For some examples of our investment into county schools, please view our video below:
The School Places Strategy provides the latest overview of demographic information for the county and includes a more detailed analysis of each school planning area, including historic trends and future projections. School planning areas align to the geographical locations of primary and secondary schools across the county and are agreed by the Department for Education. This information informs priorities for school place planning in the short (1-2 years), medium (3-5 years) and longer (5-10 years) term and will inform capital investment priorities moving forward. The School Places Strategy 2021-2026 linked below is currently being updated with the latest forecast information. A further update to the report will be published below shortly.”
Following the outcome of the Coombe Hill planning appeal, GCC has undertaken to review and prepare an Interim Position Statement, which takes into account the comments raised by the planning inspector in regard to Education contributions. The Interim Position Statement can be accessed from the link below. It includes the datasets and assumptions that have been made to ‘discount’ our pupil product ratio (PPRs), or pupil yield figures, from new housing developments. These revised PPRs will be used with immediate effect for future calculations and we will review current and recent planning applications to apply the revised PPRs.
Work has started on a more detailed review of demand for additional school places from development across the county, in order to apply further evidence to underpin our methodology including any relevant discounts, as referred to in the appeal. This is expected to take 6-12 months in light of the work involved and the need to consult with other organisations, Local Authorities and the Department for Education.
Find further details of individual school projects grouped by area below: