Patchway Special School gets nod from planners

Pegasus School, Patchway - 3D view from planning application.

A ‘unique’ new Special Free School has been granted planning approval by South Gloucestershire councillors.

Members of the authority’s Development Control Committee (West) approved plans to build a new special free school for pupils with special educational needs on a site next to Patchway Community School in Hempton Lane, Patchway.

The new Pegasus School will have 80 school places and be a mixed school for pupils with autism.

The project is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and supported by the wider Concorde Partnership which consists of a group of secondary schools in South Gloucestershire (Bradley Stoke, Abbeywood and Patchway Community Schools).

In addition, the project group is working in partnership with the local authority, existing South Gloucestershire special schools (Culverhill, Warmley Park, New Siblands, New Horizon’s Learning Centre) and local resource bases.

Cllr Toby Savage, Cabinet member for schools, commented:

“This is about building something which we don’t currently have in South Gloucestershire – a fantastic new special school dedicated to meeting the education needs of a growing number of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.”

Image: 3D view of the school (from the planning application)

Pegasus School site.

Image: Site plan (red outline; from the planning application)

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 43). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.