New £11m carbon neutral primary school for Bishop’s Cleeve
Cabinet will be asked to approve the funding needed for a new primary school in Bishop’s Cleeve at its meeting on Wednesday 16 December.
As part of their £100 million investment into the county’s schools, the county council has already set aside £8 million for primary places in Bishop’s Cleeve. Now that a contractor has been appointed and plans for the school are being designed, an additional £3 million is needed to fund the project and to buy land to build the school on.
The new primary 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 by 2030, eventually teaching 630 local children.
The new purpose-built school will also be carbon neutral, in line with the council’s commitment to be a carbon neutral county by 2050.
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: “The local community will know we’re committed to providing school places as close as possible to children’s homes and we’ve spent some time looking for the best location for this school.
“We’ve listened to their concerns about a potential site to the south of the village and found a new site closer to the housing developments. We’re delighted to be able start this exciting phase of the project and will be able to confirm the location in the new year.”
If approved by cabinet, the council will start the selection process to find an academy trust to run the school in spring 2021.