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New Secondary School for Worcester City

Autumn 2021 Update
Public Engagement 11 May to 11 June 2021

This engagement marked the first opportunity to have a say about what is important in the delivery of a new secondary school. Nearly 600 responses were received as part of the recent engagement survey for a new secondary school in Worcester. Over 80% of those who had their say agreed or strongly agreed that a new secondary school in Worcester was needed.

Respondents felt that the key factors to be considered for when building a new school in the city are:

  • Students feel safe in and around school, the school has strong leadership, that students feel their mental health and wellbeing is well supported, and that students make good academic progress.
  • The school should be located within the local community it will serve and accessible by active travel routes from day one, taking into account existing congestion.
  • Any new build should take consideration of sustainability and energy efficiency, and use local resources where possible.

The survey also highlighted that residents feel that the new school should be integrated within its  new community. This can be done by promoting community use of facilities and by prioritising children living nearby in the admissions criteria. To view the survey results in full, please visit:
https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/newsecondaryschool

Coming up

The results from the engagement have significantly helped to draw together plans for the new school. The next steps are to seek approval from Cabinet to consult on the proposed specification for the school, including age range, size, and location. If approved, we will then be undertaking a consultation on these proposals. Look out in for more information on this and ways to get involved. We intend for the process for an academy sponsor to commence early in 2022, when we will be issuing the specification, following feedback from the consultation, and application form for any interested Academy Trusts. We will also be commencing the pre-planning phase next term once we are able to confirm the proposed site