Plans revealed for new primary school

January 29 2018

DRAFT plans for a new primary school on part of the former Frenchay Hospital site have been unveiled.

DRAFT plans  for a new primary school on part of the former Frenchay Hospital site have been unveiled.

South Gloucestershire Council intends to replace the small Victorian primary on the common with a larger school to meet the needs of the growing population.

Part of the cost of the new Frenchay Church of England Primary School will be met by the developers who are building hundreds of homes on the ex-hospital site. 

Additional funding will come from the sale of a plot of land at Malmains Drive, which had been earmarked as a site for a new primary and is no longer needed for educational purposes.

Once the new school is built, the current school building will revert to its trustees, who will decide its future. 

Councillor Toby Savage, cabinet member responsible for schools, said: “As the population of Frenchay expands, we need to plan ahead for the additional demand on primary school places this will create by the start of the new school year in September 2020. In line with the local community’s aspiration to provide one school for Frenchay, the council has been working with the Department for Education and the Diocese of Bristol to draw up proposals for a new, larger building which can accommodate the additional demand.

“We organised a drop-in event to provide local residents with the opportunity to discuss and comment on the draft proposals and ask questions about the project. Council officers, school staff and members of the governing body were available to help explain the proposed scheme.”

The proposals will be in the 2018/19 capital programme going to South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet this month.