Construction of new primary school gets under way on BSCS site

Construction of the new primary phase building gets under way at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Work has begun within the last fortnight on the construction of a new primary phase building on the site of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) in Fiddlers Wood Lane.

The new building is being constructed on an area that was previously used as a secondary car park for the main school.

Planning permission for the £3m project, which South Gloucestershire Council has reported is already £750k over budget due to unanticipated costs and the discovery of ground contamination on the site, was granted on 1st August.

The secondary parking area and cycle storage that were previously on the site were moved to the opposite side of the main school building during the summer holidays.

The addition of the primary phase building will transform BSCS into an ‘all through’ school for the 4-19 age range.

A spokesperson for the school said:

“Contractors are now on site preparing the ground for the foundations and all is going to plan at the current time. It is expected that the building will be completed by July 2015 and ready to open to the first cohort of Reception aged children in September 2015.”

“In the meantime, we would like to invite prospective parents to come and look round the main school on the morning of Thursday 16th October, plus three further dates in November, December and January.”

“We are also holding a series of evening talks (the first being on Wednesday 15th October) where there will be an opportunity to meet staff as well as representatives from the local authority.”

“Further information on the progress of the build will be made available via the school website and newsletter.”

Open Evenings Talks are on the following days:

  • 15th October
  • 24th November
  • 11th December
  • 6th January

These start at 6pm – no need to book.

Morning tours are at 9.30am on the following days:

  • 16th October
  • 25th November
  • 15th December
  • 7th January

These are bookable by contact or by phoning 01454 868840.

Applications for places within the September 2015 Reception intake at BSCS must be made through South Gloucestershire Council’s schools admissions process by the deadline of 15th January 2015.

According to the council’s current ‘Guide for Admission to Primary Schools’:

“BSCS will have 30 places in reception (September 2015) and will expand by one year group each year (with the same number in each year group) until reaching capacity in September 2021. In September 2022 the number of places available for external allocation in Year 7 at BSCS will drop to 150. Students already on roll at BSCS at the end of Year 6 will be guaranteed continuation into secondary phase and a place in Year 7, should they wish to remain at BSCS.”

Artist's impression of the new primary phase building at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Above: Artist’s impression of the new primary phase building.

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