Gloucestershire County Council have given the public the opportunity to view the proposals before a planning application is submitted. Please note this proposal is not an expansion of the school.
The Parish Council have responded and the link to that response is here
Warden Hill Primary School is a two form entry primary school (420 pupils) located in Durham Close, Warden Hill, Cheltenham.
Warden Hill Primary is rated as an 'outstanding' school by Ofsted, however, surveys of the buildings show the school is in need of extensive refurbishment. The council has identified Warden Hill Primary School as its highest priority in terms of condition works to be undertaken within the county.
In 2018 Gloucestershire County Council consulted on the proposal to expand the school to a three form entry school (630 pupils). The decision to expand the school was deferred to March 2020 to so that the latest birth data could be reviewed, and a decision was subsequently taken not to expand the school as there would be sufficient capacity for pupil numbers in the area.
Funding was originally approved to expand Warden Hill Primary School and to address condition issues at the school within current premises. Although the expansion is not being progressed at this time, the condition of the buildings remains a significant concern and in November 2020 Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet approved additional funding to replace the existing school buildings. Detailed investigations showed that retaining the existing buildings through an extensive maintenance programme would not be an efficient use of resources and it would be better to replace the school buildings.