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Plans on show for new secondary school

People asked to have their say on the proposals

Images of plans courtesy of Wates Construction

Aerial view of the plans showing the new location of The Park Centre.

Plans are now on display for the proposed new 900 place secondary school which will be built in Knowle West at The Park.

Oasis Community Learning is working with Bristol City Council and the Department for Education (DfE) to build the school for 11-16-year-olds which will serve the local community and surrounding neighbourhoods.

It was originally supposed to open in 2023 but has been pushed back a year amid criticism from Bristol South MP Karin Smyth and some local councillors.

The design plans are due to be submitted to the council in September and can be viewed online on the website of contractor Wates Construction.

Exhibition boards will also be at The Park in Daventry Road until 10 September – with a staffed drop in on Wednesday 8 September when residents will have the chance to ask questions.

The new academy will be built on the existing site of the old Merrywood school which closed over two decades ago and where The Park Centre currently stands.

The Park is having a new community building constructed, due to be completed in December this year – and when the charity moves to its new site, work can begin on the new school. This is expected to start in March 2022.

The school will contain both teaching and support areas, as well as a separate four-court sports hall and activity studio.

There will also be a multi-use games area and outdoor playing fields will be retained, with hybrid grass patches (natural grass reinforced by synthetic fibres).

It will offer opportunities for public use – and community organisations will be able to hire the sports facilities or internal spaces “for adult learning or other activities.”

On its website Wates says the buildings have been arranged to “complement the location and function of the adjacent Park Community Centre buildings”.

The plans also aim to “respect the privacy of residential areas” by using landscaping and making sure the multi-use games area is located away from the site boundary. The new academy will also be “sympathetic to the scale of the surrounding buildings” and will be two and three storeys high.

Cars will be able to access the site from Newquay Road and exit onto Daventry Road, with limited visitor parking accessed from Daventry Road. The main entrance square in front of the building will provide a “shared open space for pupils and visitors”.

Aerial view to show what the front of the school would look like from Daventry Road.

Outline planning permission was given for the school in September 2020 and the new plans being submitted are for the detailed design and appearance of the school buildings as well as layout, materials, scale and landscaping.

Plans can be viewed online at , where you can also add comments, or at The Park in Daventry Road until 10 September. The staffed drop in session will take place at The Park on Wednesday 8 September from 3-6pm.

If you have any further questions regarding the development, email or contact ABC on 0117 977 2002 or email

For questions relating to the operation of the school and pupil admissions, contact Oasis Community Learning at