Lyde Green school buildings delayed
THE opening of new school buildings for Lyde Green children will be delayed after South Gloucestershire Council said it had made changes to its plans.
A 900-place secondary school for 11 to 16s and 420-place primary were scheduled to open next September at a site in Honeysuckle Road.
However the council has now issued a statement saying: “There have been some changes to the plans that will go forward, which will delay the completion of the new buildings.”
“Nonetheless, we are confident that we will be able to make sufficient provision of school places available for Year 7’s entering secondary school in September 2022.”
The council has not given a new opening date or revealed an alternative to providing places on the site but says it will update parents “in the coming weeks”.
The secondary school will not now be run by SGS Academy Trust, which won the bid to set it up under the government’s Free Schools scheme.
It will instead be part of Olympus Academy Trust, which runs Winterbourne Academy, Bradley Stoke, Patchway and Abbeywood community schools.
Chief executive Dave Baker said that while some details had yet to be agreed and the current priority was preparing admissions arrangements, there would be some changes to the SGS plans.
Mr Baker said: “The name will obviously need to change from SGS Parkfield and the school will be referred to as Lyde Green Secondary School in the interim, pending a decision about the name.”
The previous plan to emphasise engineering, digital technology and “employability skills” is set to be dropped.
Mr Baker said: “The new school will be a mainstream secondary school without specialism and will offer the full national curriculum, as all other Olympus secondary schools do.”
The SGS plan had included a commitment to “provide an inclusive environment for children with autism”.
Mr Baker said: “All our schools are fully inclusive and this will be no different.
Neither SGS Academy Trust or the council have given reasons why it is no longer involved, other than to say it was “not able to continue”.
The contractor responsible for building the schools has also changed, from Wilmott Dixon to BAM. No reason for the change has been given.
A council spokesperson said: “We are currently working closely with Olympus, CSET [the trust that will run the new primary school] and BAM to finalise plans for the new school provision, including designs and final completion dates for new buildings.
“However, we remain committed to ensuring that pupils entering Y7 in September 2022 will be accommodated.
“Places will be available through the normal admissions process from September 2021 and there will also be information events for families to hear about plans, with details to be shared as soon as they are available.”