Bradley Stoke primary academy funding bid submitted

A bid to fund an academy-status primary school near Bristol has been submitted to the government.

South Gloucestershire Council applied for money from the Targeted Basic Need programme for the academy in Bradley Stoke to meet rising demand for places.

The government scheme is investing £982m across England to ease pressure on places through the funding of new academies and free schools.

The council should find out in June whether its bid has been successful.

A spokesman for the council said: "Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in demand for primary school places in schools across Filton, Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

"Between 2012 and 2016, the local authority is projecting a further 20% increase in demand and it is expected that demand will continue to rise beyond this period."

He said the council planned to meet this need by "increasing the availability of places at a number of existing schools and by planning new school provision" and with the "bid for funding for the expansion of new primary provision in Bradley Stoke".

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