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Free School Presumption consultation - Wrexham Road

This consultation is now closed.

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Potential new schools


The Council has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places for primary, secondary and special schools within the Borough.

We are proposing to provide a new 1.5 Form of Entry (FE) primary school as part of strategic development, Wrexham Road. The school will initially be a 1FE, with the intention to provide a further 0.5FE as the need arises. The provision is expected to be open from September 2026. This in turn will provide an additional 315 primary places, with a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 45.

This proposal will assist the Council in meeting this sufficiency duty in Planning Area, Chester South.

The proposal to create a Free school has arisen due to foreplaned mitigation of expected pupils from strategic development, Wrexham Road. The development is 1,400 residential dwellings. Data demonstrates the additional dwellings creates the need for 315 primary places to directly serve the new development.

The proposal also includes provision for 3-4 year olds, as well as a new shared catchment area.

We would like to hear your views on the proposal. Your views on this proposal will help us formulate and finalise the specification for the new school, as part of the Free School Presumption Process.

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The 6 week consultation period will run from the 6 November 2023 to 17 December2023.

In addition we will be holding a drop in session from Lache Community Centre, Chester:

The survey will need to be completed and returned to us by the closing date of 11:59pm Sunday 17 December 2023.

What happens next?

All feedback received during the informal consultation period will be considered and used to formalise the specification for the new primary school. Once the specification has been agreed we can then progress with Seeking Expressions of Interest from Free School or Academy Providers who would like to run the school.

The Free School Presumption is expected to start Spring 2024.

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