SGS Academy Trust, sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, has been successful in its bid to build a new secondary school in Lyde Green, South Gloucestershire.
The 900-place mainstream 11-16 secondary school will be funded through the Governments’ Free School programme; and South Gloucestershire Local Authority have donated a site which will also house a Primary School and community sports facilities in Lyde Green. The school will be called SGS Parkfield School, a reference to the Parkfield Colliery which was located close to the site which closed in 1936.
SGS Parkfield School will offer a curriculum which emphasises engineering and digital technology across all age groups, and children focused on developing their employability skills. To this end, the school will work very closely with SGS College to ensure employers inform a curriculum which will equip young people for the world of work after further education, an apprenticeship or higher education. The school will be built to provide an inclusive environment for children with Autism who are suitable to progress from specialist schools into a mainstream environment.
Kevin Hamblin, CEO of SGS Academy Trust said
“we have been working very closely with South Gloucestershire Local Authority, local politicians and the Regional Schools Commissioners Office for almost two years on the project. I am delighted that the Department for Education has supported the Trust’s proposals and that after a very rigorous process the £26m project has now been given initial approval. We will now work with the Department to plan for the operational opening of the school in 2023. We are confident that SGS Parkfield School will make a significant contribution to the Lyde Green community”.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Toby Savage said:
“It is wonderful that all of the hard work of the partners involved in making the case and designing this new secondary school has paid off. Improving school standards is our number one priority and we want to ensure that our pupils have the best learning environments that we are able to provide.
“I am especially excited about the focus of the curriculum offer and supporting young people to develop essential skills so that they are well placed to take advantage of opportunities in the future.
“We have been planning this for some time and are delighted that we can now look forward to the opening of the next new school for the Lyde Green community.”