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Bigger plans in store for Warden Hill


Gloucestershire County Council is proposing to expand Cheltenham school Warden Hill Primary to make sure there are enough school places for local families in the future.

Gloucestershire County Council and Warden Hill Primary School are consulting on plans to expand their intake of pupils. If the proposals are approved the school will welcome more pupils through its doors for the 2020/21 academic year.

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

The school currently has two forms of entry, which provides places for 420 pupils. Adding another form of entry would see the number to places increase to 630 on a phased intake from reception each academic year so that by 2026 the school will have three forms of entry.

Now, the county council in agreement with the headteacher and governors of Warden Hill Primary School, are consulting on proposals to permanently expand the school from September 2020. A consultation starts today (Monday 10th September 2018), for people to have their say on these proposals.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s important that we have enough good and outstanding school places available, and the proposed expansion at Warden Hill Primary will help to meet the growing demand in the area.

“It is important we get the views from as many people as possible, whether they are a parent of a current pupil of the school, or if they have children that would be starting school in the coming years – everyone is welcome to have their say.”

Cllr Iain Dobie, county councillor for Warden Hill and Leckhampton, said: “As a governor at Warden Hill Primary, as well as councillor for the area, I know at first hand how much demand there is from local families to secure children one of the limited places at this outstanding school. It is right that expansion is being considered. But whatever people’s views on what is now being proposed, it is most important that the residents of Warden Hill take this opportunity to let the county council know what they think”.

The consultation launches today (10th September 2018) and runs until Friday 5th October 2018.

You can leave your views here:

Warden Hill Primary school will be holding a drop in session for anyone who would like more information on Tuesday 18th September 2018 from 3pm – 6pm.

A final decision on the proposals will be made early next year. 

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