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The kids are alright: Expansion plans for primary school


More Cheltenham children will have primary school places if expansion plans are approved.


Gloucestershire County Council and Leckhampton C of E Primary School are consulting on plans to expand their intake of pupils from the 2019/20 school year.

The school currently has two forms of entry, which provides places for 420 pupils. Adding another form of entry will see that increase to 630 over the course of six years until 2025.

As part of the county council’s statutory duties, the council must make sure that there are enough primary school places to meet demand.

Leckhampton and the south of Cheltenham has seen an increase in population in recent years, with this forecast to grow over the coming years.

The county council has already identified the need for a new £30million secondary school for the area to help meet this growing demand for school places, and this expansion would compliment those plans.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for growth, skills and the economy at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We know that there is a need for extra school places in Cheltenham, and these proposals would help to meet the demand over the coming years.

“It is really important that we hear from as many people as possible. Whether you’re the parent of a current pupil of the school, or if you have children that would be starting school in the coming years – have your say.”

Cllr Iain Dobie, local member for Leckhampton and Warden Hill, said: "I urge the people of Leckhampton to take this opportunity to make their voice heard.

"As both county councillor for the area and a former parent governor of the school, I know how important this decision will be for the community."

The consultation launched yesterday (8th) and runs until 5th June 2018.

You can leave your views here 

Leckhampton C of E Primary school will be holding a drop in session for anyone who would like more information on Wednesday 16 May, 3pm – 6pm.

A final decision on the proposals will be made in the Autumn.

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