Have your say on Lockleaze secondary school proposal

April 29 2018
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A formal consultation on the new secondary school planned for Lockleaze opened on 17 April and will run until Friday 15 June 2018.

CST Trinity Academy will be a state-funded secondary school specialising in music and the performing arts, run by Cathedral Schools Trust along similar lines to their school in the city centre. 

The proposed site for the new secondary school is on the former Romney Avenue Junior School site, next to Stoke Park Primary School in Lockleaze. It  will help meet the increasing demand for secondary school places in the north of Bristol. The school will open for Year 7 places in September 2019, growing year on year with an eventual capacity of 1220 students: 180 students per year including sixth-form provision. 

Neil Blundell, executive principal of Cathedral Schools Trust said: “The consultation is about listening to the views of local people and adapting our vision and ideas for the design process of the new school. We want the facilities to be available to the local community to make the best use of the space in the holidays and out of school hours.

“This is a very significant investment for Bristol and an opportunity to open a fantastic school that is a real investment in the area.”

By 2022, more than 1,000 extra school places will be needed in the city to meet the provision for secondary education. Bristol Cathedral Choir School has seen big changes in the last ten years, transitioning from the private sector to become an academy in 2008 and increasing in size from 350 pupils to almost 1,100 students to date. Popular with parents and pupils, it was the most oversubscribed school in Bristol in 2017.

“We want to build on what we do well and for the children coming here to get the same opportunities as those at Bristol Cathedral Choir School,” said Neil Blundell. 

“The new school will have an academic curriculum and a co-curricular offer, helping young people to become work ready and life ready. Music has a central role in creating academic achievement and the new school will have a music specialism for ten percent of pupils (18 per year) based on aptitude. We aim to spot talent and nurture that talent, providing free music lessons to help pupils begin learning instruments.”

CST Trinity Academy will have links to Stoke Park Primary, building on the great drama, dance, music and sport already taking place there. Local pupils from Lockleaze, Bishopston and across North Bristol will have the option of applying to the new school. 

As part of the process of opening a new school, a formal consultation exercise will be carried out to determine whether Cathedral Schools Trust should enter into a Funding Agreement with the Department for Education, pending approval from the Secretary of State. This consultation enables local residents, staff and governors from local schools, parents, councillors, community groups and any other interested parties to share their views. 

Further consultation on the building and site layout will take place ahead of the planning application process but is not related to the current consultation.

If you would like to find out more and take part in the consultation, public events are being held on the following dates: 

Wednesday 2 May, 5.30-7pm at Stoke Park Primary School, Brangwyn Grove, Bristol BS7 9BY 

Tuesday 8 May, 9-10.30am at The Hub, Gainsborough Square, Bristol BS7 9FB 

Wednesday 23 May, 2-4pm at The Cameron Centre, Cameron Walk, Bristol BS7 9XB 

Tuesday 5 June, 5.30-7pm at St James’ Church, Romney Ave, Bristol BS7 9TD.

Alternatively, please visit: www.trinityacademybristol.org to register an interest, to fill in a Section 10 questionnaire or to find out more about the vision and plans for the school, including frequently asked questions.