Gloucestershire

Views wanted on proposed move for Cirencester school

A consultation is to be launched into a plan to move a school to meet rising demand for places.

Gloucestershire County Council is proposing moving Watermoor Primary School closer to Cirencester's new Kingshill housing development.

The new school would open in 2014 on town council-owned land and partly funded by developer contributions.

Alison Pine, the school's chair of governors, said she wanted feedback from parents but was backing the move.

"We have been keen to give parents, carers and staff plenty of opportunities to share their views on a proposed move for Watermoor School," she said.

Move benefits

"They were able to fill in questionnaires, look at the plans in the hall and ask questions at an open afternoon at the school.

"Having considered all of this feedback, the governors support the need for this wider consultation to confirm that the proposed move would benefit all those concerned."

The county council said the school would be one-form entry and would expand as the new housing development grows.

Councillor Peter Braidwood said the move would be a big boost for Kingshill and the nearby Beeches estate.

"This is a real opportunity for the people of Cirencester to shape the future of primary education in the town," he said.

"With the growth of housing, there is a real need for a school on the western side of town.

"Along with the community building that we are working hard to deliver, this could be a really big boost to the Beeches area."

The consultation runs from Monday, 23 April until Friday, 1 June 2012.

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