Council’s pledge on second primary school
SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has confirmed it wants to see a second primary school built for Lyde Green.
The area was dealt a blow last month when SGS Academy Trust, which last year put forward an unsuccessful proposal for an all-age school for children aged four to 16, said it was now interested only in developing a secondary school.
Asked by the Voice about providing additional primary school places for the growing development, a spokesman said: “We remain committed to bringing new primary and secondary provision to Lyde Green. It is important that we are prepared for any expansion in the local population caused by new housing development and the increased demand this will have on school places.
“We will be carrying out a feasibility study for the design of separate primary and secondary phase school buildings which could be organised as separate schools, or as one all-through school if required. This approach will provide flexibility and enable us to adapt as required, depending on the outcome of any bids submitted to the Department for Education.”
The spokesman said that expanding Lyde Green Primary School, which when full will accommodate up to 420 children, was not an option.
“The first primary school site is not of sufficient size for expansion. We have secured land and a contribution towards the second new primary school and this will provide the additional capacity needed,” he said.
“Our number one priority is raising educational standards in South Gloucestershire, and making sure we have the best possible school facilities in place for our children and young people will help us to achieve that goal.”
Meanwhile, SGS Academy Trust is continuing a consultation about its plans for a secondary school, which, as reported in the Voice last month, would have a curriculum focused on digital and engineering technology and would also allow children with autism to be educated in a mainstream setting.
The proposed school would be called SGS Parkfield, after the colliery that was nearby, and if the bid to the DfE were successful, it would open in 2022.
SGS held an informal community meeting at the Bristol and Bath Science Park on August 30 to outline its plans.
Afterwards, Kevin Hamblin, SGS CEO and Executive Principal at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, told the Voice: “We have had some excellent feedback from the survey and open event evening at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.
“Contributions and ideas from those events will be fed into the application and we believe it will make for a very strong, compelling case for the Government to consider.
“The process is difficult and time consuming; however, we will present the best argument we can for the investment of about £20m into the education for 900 children and young people in the area.”
To find out more about the plans for SGS Parkfield, visit: academytrust.sgscol.ac.uk/parkfield/