Cathedral Enterprise School is given green light to open in north Bristol

September 30 2016

THE trust that runs Bristol Cathedral Choir School has been given Government approval to open a new secondary school in the north of the city in September 2018.

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THE trust that runs Bristol Cathedral Choir School has been given Government approval to open a new secondary school in the north of the city in September 2018. 

Cathedral Schools Trust says the new school will adopt an academic curriculum and specialise in employability skills, forging links with the business community. The Cathedral Enterprise School will be six forms of entry (180 students per year group) and will aim to provide academic, vocational and professional placement opportunities. It will prioritise a significant percentage of places for children from low income families and specialise in employability skills by forging links with the business community. 

A suitable site for the school is yet to be identified, and  could be close to the city centre or further north towards Filton.

Executive Principal Neil Blundell said: “The need for school places is critical and we are committed to working in partnership with the local authority and other educational leaders to ensure that we secure an appropriate site and build on the rapid improvements in educational outcomes for Bristol children.”

Stephen Parsons, chair of the trust, said: “We are all so pleased to be able to take on another free school project following the very successful opening of Cathedral Primary School in 2013.

"Both Cathedral Primary and BCCS are the most oversubscribed schools in the city and we recognise how important it to be able to offer more places for Bristol families in our group of schools.“

The school has been announced as part of a Government programme, which aims to open 500 Free Schools before the next general election.