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Council asked to agree funding for new school building

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet will be asked to approve funding for a replacement building at Warden Hill Primary School when it meets next week.

More than £5.5million has already been approved to expand the Cheltenham form with an additional form of entry, as well as addressing the condition of the school.

With forecasts showing more primary places in the area are not needed as soon as planned, the cabinet is being asked to approve an additional £1million for a replacement building instead.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education, and skills, said: "Warden Hill is already an outstanding school but the current buildings don't provide the excellent learning environment that all pupils deserve to be educated in.

"This significant investment of more than £6.5million is just part of our £100million project to improve schools across Gloucestershire."

Existing infant and junior school buildings will be replaced with a new one which will provide the school with a sustainable building

Work on the new building is due to start in 2021, subject to planning permission, and the existing school will continue to run on site.

Councillor Iain Dobie (Leckhampton and Warden Hill) said: "As a governor of Warden Hill Primary, I'm delighted by today's long overdue announcement.

"As a group of governors, along with the school head and staff, we have long been pushing for a new school or extensive refurbishment of the sorry 1960s buildings.

"Staff at the school provide an outstanding education for our students in spite of the rundown buildings, so I'm incredibly excited by the potential of a new site and what this will offer our young residents."

He continued: "The new school will be behind the existing site. Moving the buildings away from the road will enable additional green planting and improve the environment for pupils and residents alike.

"With building expected to start next year I'm optimistic that our children will be in the new school within 12-18 months of construction start."

Cabinet will also be asked to approve an extra £2.25million for the new special school in Brockworth.

With contractors appointed and detailed site surveys done, more funding is needed to address ground and drainage issues at the site and for new services to be connected.

The additional investment will also cover more work on the design of the building to make sure it is carbon neutral and will support improvements to Henley Bank High School's sports facilities in exchange for the land for the school.

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