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Alternative Provision in Gloucestershire: creating a single Pupil Referral Unit from September 2023

Gloucestershire’s Alternative Provision Transformation Project was launched in June 2020 and supports Gloucestershire's Education Inclusion Strategy 2022-25. As part of this we are seeking to improve the arrangements that are in place for the children and young people in Gloucestershire who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from school. 

In January 2022, The Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS) and The Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School (SCAPS) came together as a single institution and became Severn Valley School. Working in close partnership with the Pupil Referral Unit management committees, Gloucestershire County Council has developed a proposal to bring Severn Valley School and the Gloucester and Forest Alternative Provision School (GFAPS) together as a single institution with effect from 1 September 2023, with a single management committee and one DfE number.

The intention is that this will enable them to continue to provide high quality education at the right time and in the right way for this group of vulnerable learners so that they can achieve the best possible outcomes. No changes are planned to The Gloucestershire Hospital Education Services (GHES) so do not form part of this proposal.

Picture of The Stroud and Cotswold Alternative provision school (SCAPS) and The Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative provision school (CTAPS). Both pictures are taken landscape at the front of the schools. Image of Belle Vue Centre. Picture of one of the sites. Picture of a site.

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More information

View the statutory notice in relation to this coming together of the two schools.

The background information document provides further information on this proposal and explains how key stakeholders were able to express a view on this proposal through a period of engagement that ran from 7 September to 7 October 2022.

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