Extra money for school places in Bishops Cleeve and Prestbury
At its next meeting on 24 July, cabinet will be asked to approve extra money to upgrade Cleeve School and Prestbury St Mary’s C of E Junior School to support extra places.
The county council has secured £206,000 from housing developers at Evesham Road in Bishops Cleeve to improve the facilities and expand the local secondary school.
The money will be used to upgrade the dining facilities at Cleeve School to cater for the extra pupils the housing development will bring. This project will be completed over the summer and the new facilities will be ready to use in September 2019.
Alwyn Richards, Principal of Cleeve School, said: “We are delighted with this significant injection of funding, as part of our growth programme. It has meant that we are able to expand our catering facilities to include an extra dining room. This means that Years 7, 8 and 9, our youngest children, will have their own dining space from this September. High quality catering is an important part of our offer at Cleeve, so being able to eat within impressive facilities is very important to us. We are all looking forward to the start of the new academic year!”
In addition, the council has agreed that Prestbury St Mary’s C of E Junior School will need an additional 30 place for Year 3 pupils moving through from the infant school. It is proposed to allocate £270,000 from the approved basic need budget to make these places available from September 2021.
The county council plans to spend a total of £27.8 million on capital projects for children and families in the county in 2019/20, part of an overall investment of £100 million in Gloucestershire schools over the next three years.
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, said: “We’re investing £100 million in our county’s schools over three years, building new schools and upgrading and expanding current facilities. Our priority is that all children in Gloucestershire have access to the best education and enjoy learning in our schools. It’s great that both Cleeve School and Prestbury Junior School are really going to see the benefit of this extra investment.”