A consultation to get local views on a proposed new free primary school in Quedgeley is open for comment until 17 February.
Clearwater Church of England Primary Academy is scheduled to open in September 2017 and will be run by the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust, which currently runs ten other academies.
It will be sited at Hardwicke Parochial Primary School until a new school has been built. When full, the academy which is likely to be located off Clearwater Drive, will accommodate 420 pupils aged between 4 and 11.
DGAT is keen to gather the opinions of local residents, staff and governors from other local schools, nursery and childcare providers, parents, community and faith groups on the aims and ethos of the proposed school and ways that the school might benefit the local community (ie sports facilities, school hall). The views will help to develop the school’s provision.
Some reservations about the location of the school have been expressed locally. Residents will be able to raise their concerns when the planning application is made to the local authority, in early summer 2017.
Rachel Howie, the Chief Executive of the Diocese of Gloucester’s Academy Trust said: “We welcome the views of everyone who is interested in the proposal. Our aim is that this new academy will not only address the current shortage of school places in Gloucester, but that its caring, supportive Christian ethos will be an asset to the community.”
Drop in sessions will take place on Wednesday 18 January at Quedgeley Village Hall, 12 noon to 2pm and Thursday 19 January at Quedgeley Community Centre in the Committee Room, 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm. Anyone who is interested in finding out more is welcome to attend.
You can find a questionnaire and more information on the Clearwater Academy website www.clearwateracademy.co.uk/consultation