CBAT’s bid to open a new secondary school in Gloucester has been approved by the DfE

The Department for Education today announced that a new secondary school has been approved to open in the south of Gloucester City. The new free school, which is being set up by Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust (CBAT), is part of the latest wave of primary, secondary and all-through schools to be approved to open, joining more than 550 already open and over 220 in the pipeline. 

The new school will be a six form entry 11-16 comprehensive school serving its local community, with a total capacity for 900 pupils. The curriculum will have a key focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and the school will work with Gloucestershire College, the University of Gloucestershire, and partners from industry and business to deliver a range of exciting opportunities. These subjects will sit within an overall curriculum that is broad and balanced and the school will work to promote ambition, leadership and the determination to do one’s personal best in a supportive, inclusive community.

Dr Stuart Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of CBAT, who led the project team, said: “We are delighted to have our bid approved and excited by the prospect of opening a new school in Gloucester. CBAT currently operates successful secondary, primary and junior schools and has experience in leadership and governance of educational environments from nursery to sixth form, in both selective and comprehensive education. We would like to thank all those members of the local and wider community that showed their support for our proposals and we look forward to working together to develop a thriving and successful new school".

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said: “This is fantastic news for communities across the country. Free schools have an incredible track record of driving up standards as the highest performing type of state school, and we have seen over the past decade just how popular free schools are with parents. The team behind the CBAT bid should be proud today; the free school application process is rightly demanding, and I pay tribute to them for their tireless work throughout the application phase. I wish them the very best of luck as they begin working towards welcoming children through the doors of their new schools in the years to come, and look forward to supporting them as they prepare to open.”