Bid for new all-age school in Lyde Green

November 28 2018

A SCHOOL for children aged four to 16 could be built in Lyde Green under the ‘free school’ programme.

A bid for the school, which would cost up to £20 million to build and teach up to 870 children, has been submitted to the Department for Education with the intention of opening in September 2021.

It would have two classes in each year for primary school children, with a maximum of 420 children aged between four and 11. There would be three forms in each of the five secondary years, accommodating up to 450 children aged 11 to 16.

Schools created under the Government’s free school programme are non-profit making, independent and state-funded.

Plans for the new school on a six hectare (14.8 acre) site in Lyde Green have been submitted by SGS Academy Trust, which is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

The new school would be called SGS Parkfield after the former colliery in the area. Half of the funds to build it would be provided by South Gloucestershire Council, which has secured funding under planning deals with developers building in Lyde Green.

SGS Academy Trust conducted an online consultation before submitting its bid. The consultation opened on October 24, after the last edition of the Voice went to press, and closed after 12 days, on November 4. There were 51 responses: 42 in support of the proposal, six against and three others.

The bid was submitted to the Department for Education on November 5.

A spokesman for SGS Academy Trust said: “The local authority asked for academy trusts to consider putting in an application for funding to add to the money already secured via this application. SGS Academy Trust were happy to work with the LA to submit the application.

“We shall hear in the early new year if this application is to be progressed to the next stage of the process. This would involve the academy trust building up a more detailed business case and, amongst other statutory actions, undertake a wider consultation process over a longer period of time.”

South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage said: “A new secondary school at Emersons Green has been a long-running Conservative campaign and was reaffirmed again at our February budget meeting. “SGS Academy Trust has submitted a bid to the DfE to establish this new all-through school at Lyde Green. We have given our support to the bid confirming the need for the new school and the DfE will assess the application.”

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore said: “It has been a long-held community aspiration to build a new secondary school to serve the growing Emersons Green and Lyde Green community.

“This summer I held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds to press the case for this new school investment and am delighted to see bids being submitted to government for consideration.”

To find out more about the plans visit: academytrust.sgscol.ac.uk/parkfield/