Plans in place to ensure primary school places for children in Bishop's Cleeve
MEASURES are being put in place to ensure children will have primary school places as Bishop’s Cleeve expands.
Primaries in the village are at capacity, and parents are worried their children will not be able to get into the school of their choice.
But headteachers are confident spaces will be created in time for the families expected to settle in the village.
About 1,500 new homes have been granted permission by the High Court to be built in Bishop’s Cleeve.
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The first 500 houses, in Homelands One, should be completed this year, with families moving in next year. Another 1,000 homes will be built by 2015.
There are four primary schools in the area: Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy, Gotherington Primary School, Woodmancote Primary School and Grangefield Primary School.
Steve Savory, headteacher at Bishop’s Cleeve Academy, said his school was filled to capacity in reception classes, and years two, three, five and six.
The school has 514 pupils on its books.
Mr Savory said: “I’m sure the local authority has plans in place to ensure the children have places.
“There are still opportunities to expand the primary schools in the area.
“I think the big issue is that parents can’t get their children in their first choice school, but it is something that happens in most places.”
Councillor Paul McClain, Cabinet member for children and young people and commissioning, at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “School places have already been increased in the Bishop’s Cleeve area and there are enough places currently for local children.
“Bishop’s Cleeve Primary Academy increased its admission numbers to take an extra 30 children in reception and we’re now working with Woodmancote Primary, which has the potential to increase its number of school places using developer funding.”