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12th September 2018
Warden Hill school set to expand

A Gloucestershire school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted wants to expand by more than 200 pupils


So many children, not enough school places...


This is the challenge facing education chiefs as they seek to ensure there are enough places for families in a baby-booming area of Cheltenham.
Warden Hill Primary School, which caters for children in Up Hatherley, Leckhampton and Warden Hill is a popular school with families and is rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted. And now, Gloucestershire County Council is looking to increase the number of children from 420 to 630 over the next eight years.

If the proposals are approved the school will welcome more pupils through its doors for the 2020/21 academic year.

The school currently has two forms of entry, which provides places for 420 pupils. And under the new proposals, it would mean that from September 2020, there would be 90 children in Reception rather than 60.


The County Council, in agreement with the headteacher and governors of Warden Hill Primary School, are now looking at proposals to permanently expand the school from September 2020.


A consultation has begun giving people the chance to have their say on the plans which would create extra traffic movement in an area that is already extremely busy during school-run times.

It comes as there are moves to create a new secondary school in Leckhampton as well as plans to increase the intake at Leckhampton C of E Primary School.

Councillor Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for Economy, Skills and Growth at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s important that we have enough good and outstanding school places available, and the proposed expansion at Warden Hill Primary will help to meet the growing demand in the area. It is important we get the views from as many people as possible, whether they are a parent of a current pupil of the school, or if they have children that would be starting school in the coming years – everyone is welcome to have their say.”

Councillor Iain Dobie, County Councillor for Warden Hill and Leckhampton, said: “As a governor at Warden Hill Primary, as well as Councillor for the area, I know at first hand how much demand there is from local families to secure children one of the limited places at this outstanding school. It is right that expansion is being considered. But whatever people’s views on what is now being proposed, it is most important that the residents of Warden Hill take this opportunity to let the county council know what they think”.

The consultation launched on Monday September 10th and runs until Friday, October 5 2018. You can have your say here.

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