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New secondary school for Worcester – have your say today

Published Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Worcestershire County Council would like to hear your views about a new secondary school for the City.

A month-long public consultation is being launched to find out what matters most to residents in the delivery of a new school for their children. 

In February this year Cabinet approved the creation of a new 600 place secondary school, in Worcester, to meet the increased demand for school places.

Cllr Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Education and Skills said: “Making sure children across the county have access to good quality education is a long-term priority for the County Council.  We really want to hear the public and stakeholder views of what is important to you about this exciting project.

Over the past five years, we have invested in developing facilities at the existing secondary schools in Worcester. The level of additional places required now provides us with an opportunity to consider the delivery of a new school.

The location of the site of any new school will consider several factors including reducing pressure from oversubscribed schools and helping parents to fulfil their preference in choice of secondary school for their children.”

The provision of a new school will ensure children can access a secondary school place within their local community in a growing City.

The need for a new school in Worcester goes hand in hand with the approval of large housing developments around the City and improves choice and access for families.   

The school will be delivered by Worcestershire County Council and run by an Academy Sponsor. The process to appoint the Academy Sponsor will run in the Autumn Term of 2021 and will follow the Department for Education (DfE) Free School Presumption Process.

Your responses to the survey will help Worcestershire County Council to shape the school design specification and outline in detail what is expected from an Academy in applying to run this school.

The survey runs from 11 May to 11 June and you can submit your response online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/newsecondaryschool. If you require a paper copy of the questionnaire, please email spp@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk