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New school for growing Hunts Grove announced

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

  • Hunts Grove estate near Hardwicke is set for a new primary school

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GROWING numbers of children living at the new Hunts Grove estate near Hardwicke will be able to attend a new school which is to be built in the area.

Gloucestershire County Council has announced plans to build a primary school to serve the 1,750 new homes built on land at Colethrop Farm.

The new site will also provide facilities for children of nursery age.

A consultation on the plans opens tomorrow – and parents will be asked to consider what type of sponsor they would prefer to run the new school.

The size of the school will increase over time to reflect the growth of the housing development and could eventually admit up to 60 children into its reception class each year in two classes of 30 and accommodate 420 children from reception to Year 6.

Bids to run the school could come in from places such as a national education charity, an academy chain, a faith organisation, an existing local school or even a community group.

County councillor Tony Blackburn (C, Hardwicke) said: “These are exciting times for the Hunts Grove development and I hope that everyone will participate in taking the decision which will benefit the future generations who will be living in this part of Hardwicke.”

People can join the consultation online at gloucestershire.gov.uk/consultations.

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Friday 20th June 2014.

Plans are also afoot for new football pitches, tennis courts, a sports pavilion and allotments.

David Mossman, chairman of Hardwicke Parish Council, said: “For the past year we have been working on a variety of projects. We are also campaigning for a new health centre.”

He added that the fight for a health centre was ‘ongoing but going well’.

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  • Rob_quedgeley  |  May 27 2014, 8:29AM

    The area needs a new secondary school as well. Severn Vale and Beaufort can't be expected to continue to absorb all these new children in the area With Kingsway and Hunts Grove that's a total of over 5000 new homes and no new secondary capacity.

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  • jas37  |  May 25 2014, 10:38PM

    Any idea how many Houses have been built so far?