Cleeve School expansion plans receive additional funding
Cleeve School will receive £139,000 to support building work that will increase capacity at the school.
The additional funding was approved at Gloucestershire County Council’s most recent cabinet meeting. The money comes from s106 funding from Knarsboro Homes, the developers of Pennycress Fields in nearby Stoke Orchard. This is part of planning permission and can be used in the local area to fund things like school expansions, community facilities or road improvements.
Cleeve School consulted on their plans to expand in 2016, with the resulting application passed in July 2017. The newly-approved funding adds to the £5.3million investment that has already been agreed. Capital works are currently underway at the school to redesign existing classrooms, add two forms of entry and build additional teaching space. The school’s new Sixth Form Centre of Excellence, which includes some of the new teaching space, will open in September 2018.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is terrific news for students, staff and the local community. Cleeve School’s expansion masterplan is a considerate, intelligent approach to meeting local demand for school places, so it’s great to see this support from the developer and this council.”
Cllr Robert Bird, local member for Bishops Cleeve, said: “The approval of this funding is excellent news for the local area. Cleeve School’s expansion plans will help to meet demand for extra places and ensure the school continues to play a key role in the community for years to come.”
Alwyn Richards, principal at the Cleeve School, said: “Our mission is to provide an exceptional education and experience for all of our students. We have a very exciting vision for the school, growing out of our core values of collaborating, aspiring and transforming. This extra funding will provide further resources to enable us to deliver our vision. Whether you are a staff member, a student or a parent, it is a fabulous time to be joining the Cleeve School community.”