Children face a year of bus trips to class
How the Lyde Green Secondary School will look
THE first pupils of the new Lyde Green secondary school will face a daily bus trip to classes until its buildings are ready for them to use.
South Gloucestershire Council announced over the summer that the 900-place secondary school for 11 to 16s, and a 420-place primary on the same site in Honeysuckle Road, would not be ready in time for their planned opening next year.
It also announced that the Olympus Academy Trust, which runs several other secondary schools in South Gloucestershire, was taking over the running of the new secondary school from SGS Academy Trust.
Now it has been confirmed that the Year 7 pupils who start lessons next September will spend their first year at Winterbourne Academy, another school run by Olympus, just over three-and-a-half miles away.
In an update to parents, the council said: "This means that the new Lyde Green Secondary School will open for children in September 2022 and parents/carers will be able to express a preference for Lyde Green in their admission application for secondary transfer in September 2022.
"Under this arrangement, children offered places for Lyde Green Secondary School will have access to a full curriculum and the use of some of Winterbourne’s facilities.
"The council is supporting the project to provide the necessary interim classroom accommodation.
"Transport will be provided by South Gloucestershire Council between Lyde Green and Winterbourne for all students who need it during 2022-23, until the permanent building is ready to occupy."
The Olympus Academy Trust said: "Unfortunately, there have been unavoidable delays to the building programme which mean that our first Year 7 cohort won’t be educated on the Lyde Green site during their first year at the school.
"However, nearby Winterbourne Academy is also a member of Olympus, and we will be accommodating the first LGS Year 7 students on site in Winterbourne for their first year.
"Students will have access to a full curriculum and use of Winterbourne’s facilities."
The trust says that in the first year, there will be 120 places available in Year 7 and no places in any other year group.
If the building is available as now planned for September 2023, there will be 180 places for Year 7 students each year, until the school is full with 900 students.
The trust has told Winterbourne Academy parents that the Lyde Green pupils will be in "separate accommodation...in order that the new school’s identity can be clearly defined".
The trust has also said it hopes the experience will mean Lyde Green students choose Winterbourne for their A-levels when the time comes, saying: "We hope that by forging early links between Lyde Green and Winterbourne, it will be a natural progression to the Olympus Post 16 provision at Winterbourne Academy in due course for Lyde Green students."
Open events for parents of prospective secondary pupils were held at Lyde Green Primary School on September 27 and 28.
The primary school part of the Honeysuckle Road site will be run by Castle School Education Trust in tandem with the existing Lyde Green primary once it opens.
The trust has applied for planning permission for temporary buildings on its Willowherb Road site to ensure it can accommodate extra pupils while the Honeysuckle Road primary school site is completed.