Delivering the best schools is an absolute priority
Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice
AS we look to build back better and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and with our children returning to their vital studies back at school, investing in South Gloucestershire’s education is more important than ever. It is an absolute priority to deliver the very best schools for our children.
As part of our positive plan, we have overseen the rebuild of Watermore Primary School, with the brand-new school buildings standing proudly in the village. I was delighted to have helped secure the extra funding from Government to complete this project one single phase. The school and governors did an incredible job in making the rebuild a reality.
I am also thrilled at the news that our campaign to deliver a new secondary school in Lyde Green has succeeded, having now secured the necessary funding through the Government’s Free Schools Programme.
With the communities' support we took this campaign directly to the Secretary of State for Education and held a debate in the House of Commons to get the bid over the line.
Having identified and secured a suitable site, plans for the new 900-place secondary school can now move onto the next important stage, with planning permission set to be determined imminently.
The school will have 900 secondary places, so that children in Lyde Green, Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath and the neighbouring villages can attend a brand new school nearer home. The new school will focus on engineering and digital technology across all age groups, developing employability skills for older students, and will also provide an inclusive environment for children with autism.
Locally, we are not just seeing investment for new schools either, as maintenance work has been announced for many of our rural schools, including in Frampton Cotterell, Old Sodbury, Iron Acton, Wickwar and Rangeworthy.
Building this Lyde Green secondary school is a key part of our positive plan for schools and family life in South Gloucestershire. This is alongside ensuring that we get our fair share of school funding, building two new primary schools in Yate, redeveloping Castle School in Thornbury, building a new special school at Marlwood, improving special needs provision and ensuring the implementation of £79 million of repairs and upgrades for South Gloucestershire schools.
As a local father educated in state schools in South Gloucestershire, I am determined to deliver my positive plan for our schools: building new schools, delivering the very best resources, technology and buildings for our children to learn and thrive in.