SEMH special school

Gloucestershire County Council has a duty to ensure there are enough school places within the county. Some children and young people have complex special educational needs that cannot easily be met within a mainstream school setting. We don't currently have enough special school places locally to meet demand so some children attend special schools out of the county or go to independent schools to have their needs met.

Therefore, we want to establish a new 75-place special school for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in an area within reasonable travelling distance of Gloucester and Cheltenham to open in September 2022. While focusing on SEMH needs, the school will also support children with autism and speech, language and communication needs.  

The need for a new school of this type is underpinned by Gloucestershire’s High Needs Strategy, Joint Strategy For Children with Additional Needs, including SEND 2018-21 and SEND Commissioning Strategy 2019-2024.

A progress image of the new school in October 2021

Gloucestershire County Councillors and staff at a steel signing event for the new school

A public drop-in event was held on Tuesday 8 September 2020 at Brockworth Community Centre which was widely advertised and gave people a chance to view the proposed designs for the school ahead of the application for planning approval. There were representatives from the principal contractors (EG Carters), the architect (Robothams), the sponsor (Learn@Multi Academy Trust) and Gloucestershire County Council in attendance to answer questions and listen to any feedback on the school or designs. The proposals continued to be on display at the community centre until 15th September.

Detailed drawings were on display at the community engagement drop in event held at Brockworth Community Centre on 8 September 2020 and remained on display at the community centre until 15 September. They set out the proposals in terms of the site layout and access arrangements, along with proposals as to how the building may look in terms of elevations and the roofing plan. We also included the proposed floor plan for the ground and first floors. It is proposed that this will be a two storey building.

Interested parties were able to make comments on and ask questions about the proposed plans during the engagement period which ran from 8 – 15 September 2020. All those who made comments/asked questions received a detailed reply.

An application for planning consent was submitted on 16 October 2020. The documents below are the detailed plans that have been submitted. They will be available for inspection and comment, via the planning portal, during the during the formal consultation period of the planning approval application.  

Location Plan

Proposed Site Plan 

Site Sections


Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Roof Plan

Elevations 1

Elevations 2

Design and Access Statement 

Perspective View 01

Perspective View 02

Perspective View 03

The proposed site for the school is on Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, GL3 4QF and is approximately five and a half miles from the centre of Gloucester and five miles from the centre of Cheltenham. There is easy access from these two urban centres given the proximity to the M5, the A4174 and the A46. The immediate area is undergoing significant development with 1500 homes planned as part of the Perrybrook development and a resulting investment in community and recreation facilities and the planned establishment of a new primary school.

The site is on land owned by Gloucestershire County Council, currently leased to Henley Bank High School. The proposed site currently has two sports pitches available for, but not much used by, the school and the nearby Sports Foundation. We expect the trust that is appointed to run the new school to make the new sports facilities available for community use outside of school hours.

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