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Council goes back to school for funding

An additional £3million funding for a carbon neutral primary school in Bishop's Cleeve will be discussed by Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet next week.

The council has set aside £8million for the extra primary places in Bishop's Cleeve with the extra money required to buy land and fund the project.

Scheduled to open to 60 Reception children across two forms of entry in 2023/24, the school will grow to three forms of entry by 2030 with capacity for 630 pupils.

The purpose-built building will be in line with the council's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: "The local community will know we're committed to providing school places as close as possible to children's homes and we've spent some time looking for the best location for this school.

"We've listened to their concerns about a potential site to the south of the village and found a new site closer to the housing developments.

"We're delighted to be able start this exciting phase of the project and will be able to confirm the location in the new year."

If approved by cabinet, the selection process to find an academy trust to run the school will begin in spring 2021.

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