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Gloucestershire School Projects

School site developments

Proposal for a new primary school in Bishops Cleeve

Gloucestershire County Council has a duty to ensure there are sufficient school places within the county. School place projections have been kept under regular review and there is an identified need to provide an additional three forms of entry (or 630 primary school places) in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham to meet the demand from the 2023/24 academic year. The new school will grow in two phases, initially opening at two forms of entry from 2023/24, growing to three forms of entry approximately seven years after the school opens (sometime in the range of 2029-2032).

To ensure there are sufficient school places, Gloucestershire County Council needs to seek proposers (sponsor academy trust) to establish an academy via the Department for Education free school presumption route, please click on the link below for further details (awaiting link from DfE).

If you are a sponsor approved by the Department for Education and would be interested in submitting an application, could you please express an interest by Friday 12 February 2021. Please send any expressions of interest to


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.

View a copy of the School Places Strategy here


Find further details of individual school projects grouped by area below:

Cheltenham school projects

Cotswold school projects

Forest of Dean school projects

Gloucester school projects

Stroud school projects

Tewkesbury school projects

Specialist and alternative provision projects

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