Council confirms £10m for new school
HALF of the £20 million funding needed to build a new school for up to 870 children in Lyde Green has been confirmed in the council’s latest spending plan.
Plans for an ‘all-through’ school to take children aged four to 16 were announced by SGS Academy Trust, which is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, at the end of last year.
The new school would be called SGS Parkfield after the former colliery in the area.
When the scheme was unveiled the trust said South Gloucestershire Council had invited academy trusts to make an application for funding against money it had secured from developers as part of legal agreements allowing them to build housing at Lyde Green.
The council announced its four-year capital spending programme for schools in the area on March 8 and confirmed that £10.6million had been allocated to the all-through school at Lyde Green.
The school would be created under the government’s free schools programme, set up to encourage and fund schools which are independent but state-funded and non-profit making.
The £10.6m funding was handed over by developers to pay for education infrastructure, based on the number of children projected to live at Lyde Green.
A decision on the free school bid is expected from the Department for Education in the next few months and if successful it could open in September 2021.
It would have two classes in each year for primary school children, with a maximum of 420 children aged four to 11. There would be three forms in each of the five secondary years, accommodating up to 450 children aged 11 to 16.
The funding for Lyde Green is part of £78m to be spent building and refurbishing schools in South Gloucestershire over four years.
The money is set to come from a combination of sources: £42m from borrowing, £26m from planning deals with developers, £6.75m from school devolved formula grants and other central grants and £3m from the DfE Basic Need and Condition fund.
Council leader Toby Savage said: “My highest priority is that as a council we do everything that we can to improve our schools so that all of our young people can have the very best start in life, based on a quality education, in a quality learning environment.”