South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet has approved over £4.8 million in new and amended schemes that are funded through the capital programme, including a new school to be located at Charlton Hayes.
The Charlton Wood Primary Academy is being built on the former airfield and will be run by Endeavour Academy Trust. The new school will open in September 2019 and is being funded from Section 106 developer contributions at a total cost of £6.25m.
Councillors approved a number of other school improvements which will improve the teaching and learning environment for children across the school estate.
Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, the Council has allocated £500,000 to convert the College’s engineering centre to install professional grade kitchen facilities to create employment opportunities in the Catering and Hospitality industry for Post 16 children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The new facility called The Chase, will focus on nurturing and developing young people requiring high needs support who have a passion for learning catering, hospitality and enterprise, while developing the skills required to succeed and contribute within society. The Chase will open in September 2018 and will provide 25 places for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties.
Plans for the development of the new Watermore Primary School are also progressing with the Development Control (West) Committee due to review them on 9 August.
£1.74 million in developer funding will also go towards new all-weather pitch facilities for Patchway Community College.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage said: “We want our pupils have the best school facilities possible and this significant investment will help us to deliver that. Improvements will be made at a number of schools across the area and a new primary academy will be built to help ensure we are adequately prepared for the future.”
The Cabinet meeting took place on Monday 2 July.