Cabinet to consider £45 million investment in county schools
At its meeting on 19 December, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve plans for a £45 million investment in our county’s schools over the next two years.
The £45 million investment forms part of the council’s commitment to dedicate £100 million into new schools, improving buildings and expanding facilities at schools across Gloucestershire.
If plans are approved, 16 schools across the county will receive capital investment, including:
- Ashchurch Primary School – £0.750 million to provide additional local places and replace temporary classrooms
- Brockworth Primary Academy - £1.000 million to provide 210 additional places for September 2019
- Churchdown Parton Manor Junior School - £0.300 million to provide 30 new reception places for September 2019
- Finlay Community Primary School - £1.300 million to provide additional 210 places for September 2019
- The John Moore Primary School - £0.900 million to provide additional 105 places for September 2019
- Pittville Secondary School - £0.325 million to provide additional 30 places for September 2019
- The Milestone School - £0.105 million to provide new, better equipped accommodation
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are committed to making significant investment in the county’s schools. £45 million is a huge step towards the £100 million we will be investing and demonstrates our commitment. We want to make sure that young people have access to good and outstanding school places close to their home, with the best possible facilities and this investment would demonstrate exactly that.
“We have a great track record of making sure there are enough school places for children in the county. Council’s cabinet will also be asked to approve a new School Places Strategy which will help us to meet the growing demand for school places, so that children are able to continue to attend one of their preferred schools.”
The School Places Strategy identifies how many places will be needed for children in the county over the next five years; where they will be needed and how the council proposes to provide them. It will be reviewed every two years and make it easier for the county council to assess what action is required, whether that be a new classroom, a temporary increase in pupils, or a new school.