School places in Bishop's Cleeve

Proposal for a new primary school in Bishop's Cleeve

Since 2007 there has been an increase in the birth rate which has, in many locations, resulted in a higher demand for school places. There is also more demand from new housing, which means there has been an increase in the need for primary school places year on year in Bishop's Cleeve. Since 2011 the demand has been met by working collaboratively with schools in the primary sector to expand and increase the number of pupils they can take each year (their Published Admission Number [PAN]). However, the existing primary school sites in Bishop's Cleeve aren't able to expand enough to meet this increasing new demand so we are proposing to build a new primary school.

The new £11 million carbon neutral primary school will be built to the north of the village on land next to the Old Farmers Arms on Evesham Road. The school will initially open to 60 Reception children (two forms of entry) in 2023/24, and will gradually be expanded in line with housing growth to three forms of entry from 2030, eventually teaching 630 local children.

The new purpose-built school will be designed and constructed to be carbon neutral, in line with the council’s commitment to be a carbon neutral county by 2045.

Public consultation update

Gloucestershire County Council recently held an drop-in event to display the initial proposals for the new primary school in Bishop’s Cleeve on Tuesday 14th September 2021. The proposals are still available to view online.

A second event will be held later this year to display more detailed proposals for the new primary school. Please continue to check the webpage for updates.

Where will the school be located?

The school will be located on land adjacent to Old Farmers Arms, Evesham Road, Bishops Cleeve – GL52 8SA

When will the school open?

The proposed new primary school will open for children in Reception from September 2023 and will continue to grow year on year in Reception. The school will not open for all year groups from September 2023.

What size will the school be?

The new school will grow in two phases, initially opening at 2 Forms of Entry (420 places) from 2023/24, growing to 3 Forms of Entry (630 places) approximately seven years after the school opens (sometime in the range of 2029-2032).

 Why has this particular location been chosen?

Land for a new primary school is very limited in the Bishop's Cleeve area as much has been taken up for new housing development. This area of land was considered to be in an appropriate size and location to serve the majority of new housing situated to the north of the village.

Can you share the design of the school?

The design team has begun the process of carrying out detailed surveys of the proposed school site and are continuing to carry out the design proposals. A second event will be held later this year to display more detailed proposals for the new Primary School. Please continue to check the webpage for updates.

How will the site be accessed during the build/when the school opens?

Work to consider the future site access has begun and is still in the design stage and will be in consultation with the relevant highways and planning authority. A second event will be held later this year to display more detailed proposals for the new Primary School. Please continue to check the webpage for updates.

Will the new school affect parking and traffic in the area?

As part of the design process, the Local Authority and design team will commission a transport consultant to assess the traffic and highways implications arising from the new school and this assessment will be submitted as part of the formal planning application. The impact on the local highway network arising from the new school will be considered in addition to committed development in the area and, if necessary, mitigation will be proposed to make the development acceptable in planning terms. 

Will the new building be sustainable?

​The new school will be designed in line with the council’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Work to consider the design and sustainability options is currently ongoing.​

Will this require planning permission?

Planning permission will be required for any proposals. The Local Planning Authority (Gloucestershire County Council) will provide an independent assessment of the proposed work, which will also be reviewed by other statutory bodies. It will be for them to decide whether to grant planning permission and where necessary to put in place conditions to manage the development, including making sure there is minimal disruption during construction.

Who will run the school?

The Multi Academy Trust, Gloucester Learning Alliance (GLA) has been appointed by the Secretary of State to be the sponsor for the new primary school in Bishop’s Cleeve. The appointment comes after Gloucestershire County Council held a free school presumption route competition inviting Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) to bid to run the new provision. Gloucestershire Learning Alliance currently have 8 schools in the MAT of which 7 are within Gloucestershire.

How will local people be involved as the project develops?

The Local Authority and the design team will run a number of drop-in information sessions as the project develops, whilst also providing regular updates via this webpage.

If planning permission is approved, when will construction start on site?

Subject to surveys and planning approval, it is anticipated that construction may commence in spring 2022. The building work would be carried out by contractors who are experienced in keeping disruption to a minimum for local residents and surrounding area.

Who will be building the school?

The school will be designed by Roberts Limbrick Architects and constructed by a local family run Gloucestershire firm EG Carter who has been appointed as the principal contractor.

Will my child be able to go to the new school?

Once the Academy Trust has been appointed to run the new school, they will determine their Admission Arrangements for September 2023. Parents and carers will be advised to read the Admission Policy expected to be published in 2022.

Who can I contact if I would like to ask a question about this proposal?

Any comments or questions can be raised by e-mailing: or by calling Paul Kear, Education Planning Manager on: 01452 328680

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