Stroud School places

The 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. This includes the commissioning of suitable school accommodation to support the promotion of high-quality educational standards and to ensure vulnerable learners get fair access to educational opportunities. The County Council manages the impact of rising and declining pupil numbers and helps to create a diverse community of schools.

See below for the latest updates on all of our school projects in the Stroud area:


There is an identified need to establish a new 1.5 Forms of Entry Primary School, with Early Years facilities, following a housing development (Great Oldbury) of 1350 new homes on land west of Stonehouse. Under the terms of the S106 agreement the school will be funded and delivered by the developer, Robert Hitchins Ltd.

A competition was carried out to find a sponsor for the new school and following a selection process, the Regional Schools Commissioner announced in September 2019 that the preferred sponsor for the new school is Gloucestershire Learning Alliance.

Great Oldbury Primary Academy will offer 315 primary school places and will open in Reception from September 2021. The school will open in a phased manner, allowing it to grow gradually to accommodate pupils as the new housing comes on line. Further information can be found via the below links.

The building of the new school has now started with the contractor EG Carters starting on site in June 2020. The planned completion and delivery of the school is August 2021, however, this is subject to no significant delays due to COVID-19. A ground breaking ceremony took place on Wednesday 24 June 2020, where representatives from Robert Hitchins Ltd, EG Carters, Quattro Architects, Gloucestershire Learning Alliance and GCC attended.

To enable the school to increase the number of classrooms and ancillary facilities to become a 2 form of entry when the demand requires. 

The work required will be undertaken in several phases and Phase 1 is now in progress and will provide internal and remodelling to create additional space.

Work has now been completed on a separate access/parent waiting area which includes the conversion of an internal space to form a new reception area with an office.


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