The development of Bristol’s largest secondary school has reached an important milestone – with project leaders confirming today (2 July) they have secured a permanent site in Temple Quarter.
Located on Silverthorne Lane – the site is set to be home for the new free school, subject to full planning permission.
The project is a joint venture between Bristol City Council, the Learning City Partnership and the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
Multi-academy trust, Oasis Community Learning, as been selected to create the flagship school, showcasing how business and education can work together. The project has support from the University of Bristol and businesses in the Temple Quarter zone.
Oasis Academy Temple Quay will become the largest secondary school in Bristol – with a final capacity for 1,600 students, including a sixth form – and will serve young people aged from 11 to 18 from the central and east areas of the city.
CEO of Oasis Community Learning, John Murphy, says: “We have been working together with the ministers and officials at the Department for Education to reach this milestone, as well as our partners at the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Bristol City Council.
“On behalf of Oasis, we would like to express our gratitude for this investment in what will be an outstanding new secondary school for the young people and families of Bristol.”
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, says: “This is great news for the city. Bristol’s population has grown massively over the last few years and we face a real challenge as the services people take for granted are put under even more pressure. Currently we are working hard alongside the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to make sure that we have enough school places for local children in the city.
“I am delighted that we are able to announce plans today for what could be the largest secondary school in Bristol has ever seen which will go a long way to bridging the gap between the number of children and school places that we have predicted in the future…”