Cheltenham primary school to offer hundreds more places

According to Gloucestershire Live, a primary school in Cheltenham is set to create more than 200 new places in order to meet high demand

A Cheltenham school that’s in high demand will create over 200 new places in the next six years.

The plans, affecting Leckhampton C of E Primary School, have already been approved by Gloucestershire County Council and will start as of 2019/20.

Growth of around 50% is expected during this time due to growing pressure on school places.

The local authority is also planning to create a £30m secondary school which will house 900 pupils.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth, said: “We must make sure that there are enough school places throughout the county for our children – that is a priority.

“The additional places will make a huge difference to families in the area, and plans for the new buildings will be a really welcome addition to the school by providing an even better learning and working environment for pupils and staff.”

Sam Porter, head teacher at Leckhampton, commented: “As a school, we look forward to working with Gloucestershire County Council, parents and the wider community on this exciting project, which will not only provide more spaces for local children but enable us to enhance the learning environment for everyone.”

“I will continue to work with the county council to ensure these legitimate concerns are addressed and mitigations properly funded and delivered.”

A drop-in for parents and the local community will be taking place in the coming months. This will enable the opportunity to look over options for the building work required to accommodate the extra spaces.

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