Wave 14 of the Free Schools programme - New Secondary School, Gloucester area
Following on from the review of secondary school places in the Gloucester city area completed in June 2018, and a subsequent review of the latest forecasts and cohort of secondary Year 7 allocations for September 2019, it is now clear that there will be a need for a new secondary school to meet the growing demand for secondary places across the city and in particular, new housing development coming forward in the near future.
We would therefore welcome a conversation with any sponsor trust who is interested in submitting a Wave 14 Free School bid to open a new secondary school in the Gloucester area from 2023/24. There will be a small projected shortfall from 2020, which the LA will be looking to address through temporary expansions of existing secondary schools, however demand for places increases significantly from 2022/23 onwards.
The closing date for bid submissions is noon on 30 September 2019.
Guidance on how to open a Free School (Wave 14) and how to submit bids is available on the DfE website, including criteria https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/free-school-application-guide
For further information please contact:
Head of Commissioning for Learning
Gloucestershire County Council
Tel: 01452 328686 Mobile: 07770 302439