Landmark school building set to be saved
A CAMPAIGN to save a 170-year-old school building in Frampton Cotterell looks set to be won.
The future of the premises in Woodend Road had been in doubt as a result of plans to provide the village with a new 420-place primary school.
Pupils and staff in the infant section of Watermore Primary School will move out of the historic building when its junior section in Lower Stone Close is re-built in a £4.5 million scheme.
The scheme will finally achieve an ambition to have all children and staff in one location - a long-held aim that has existed since the merger of Brockeridge Infant School and Highcroft Junior School into Watermore Primary some seven years ago.
But the infant site will be sold to help pay for the re-building project, bringing in up to £1.5 million.
Local people and parish leaders were worried that it could lead to the demolition of the old infant school building, which has a foundation stone that reads British Schools 1846.
But plans drawn up for the Woodend Road site now refer to the old building being converted into six flats as part of an outline application to for 22 homes.
As well as the new school in Lower Stone Close, the plans also include the building of five new homes.
Local history group members, Stella and Councillor Andy Beecher, researched the history of the old school and discovered it had been founded by members of Zion Congregational Church to enable “poor children from Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath to be educated”.
Campaigners said generations of local children had been educated in the landmark building and it held memories for many local families, most of whom would be “horrified” if it was flattened to make way for new development.