New school given the go-ahead

Published on: 02 Jun 2014

A PRIMARY school could open in the new Emersons Green East development as early as September next year.

Although housebuilding has only just begun, a school will be needed soon because there is already pressure on places in the primaries nearby.

South Gloucestershire councillors have given the go-ahead to fund a £5.4 million school. Developers will have to be appointed and an academy sponsor chosen for the school.

The timescale is tight for the school, which is likely to open with places for up to 60 reception class children in September 2015. It will grow to accommodate a maximum 420 children aged four to 11.

Emersons Green East is planned to have 2,550 homes eventually, and there are proposals for another primary school and a secondary school for the 150-acre site, which is bordered by the Avon Ring Road, the M4 and Westerleigh Road.

Emersons Green’s councillors Dave Kearns, Colin Hunt and James Hunt welcomed the decision by South Gloucestershire’s resources committee to allocate funding for the school.

In a statement, they said: “This green light for a new primary school is great news because we want to see enough good school places in Emersons Green for our town’s kids.

“From talking to local parents on the doorstep, it’s clear that a significant number have not been getting their preferred school place and as a result have been left disappointed because of the pressure on school places locally.

“We can help put an end to these worries by ensuring that there are enough good school places in our town to meet local demand.

“This extra provision will be in addition to the major investment to expand nearby Mangotsfield primary school.”

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