New primary for Lyde Green housing estate

Published on: 31 Oct 2014

A PRIMARY school for the new Lyde Green development will open in September next year with up to 30 reception-class children.

The school on the estate being built between the ring road and the motorway at Emersons Green East will eventually have up to 420 places for pupils aged four to 11, as well as a resource base for up to 12 children on the autistic spectrum.

Over time, the development of more than 2,500 homes will also have a second primary and a secondary school linked to the first, providing all-through education from four to 18.

The Government has given the go-ahead for a team including representatives of Castle School Education Trust, Downend School and Mangotsfield CE Primary School to work on plans for the new school. A developer is being sought.

Parents of children due to start school in September 2015 will be able to apply for places, with priority given to those living closest. Details of information evenings are still being finalised – look out for information on the Downend Voice website and on South Gloucestershire Council website at The deadline for primary applications is January 15 2015.

William Roberts, head of Downend and chairman of South Gloucestershire Education Partnership, said the partnership approach to the provision of education on the Lyde Green development was really exciting.

“It is fantastic to be able to take the best of what is available locally to create this new school,” he said.

Mangotsfield Primary governor Paul Moorhouse told parents in a letter that the opportunity to develop the new school would bring opportunities that would also benefit staff and children at the school.

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