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Residents invited to share their views on exciting plans for two new schools in Bowbrook, Shrewsbury

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Residents are invited to attend a public consultation tomorrow (Tuesday 8 March 2022) at Shropshire Conference Centre, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, to share their views on the proposals for a new primary school and special educational needs and disability (SEND) school on Squinter Pip Way in Bowbrook, Shrewsbury.

The event will be held between 3pm and 7pm and will be hosted by DPP Planning on behalf of the main contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland, as well as Shropshire Council and the Department for Education, who are funding the developments.

Bowbrook Primary School - elevation strategy mock-up

Bowbrook Primary School – elevation strategy

The proposals will comprise the building of two new schools which will be run separately, with the primary school being funded by Shropshire Council and operated by The 3-18 Education Trust. The SEND school is funded by the Department for Education and will be managed by the Youth Engagement Schools (YES) Trust.

SEN Keystone Academy design development

SEN Keystone Academy design development

The new schools will provide modern teaching environments and will accommodate some 210 pupils in the primary school (as well as additional places in a nursery) and space for 120 pupils at the SEND school, both primary and secondary age. The proposed development will also offer a number of external play areas for the students, including:

  • Two multi-use games area courts (MUGAs) (one for each school)
  • Three large grass pitches (two for the primary school and one for the SEND school)
  • Hard-standing play areas
  • Soft informal play areas
  • A sensory garden (in the SEND school)
  • Habitat areas will also be provided in both schools consisting of native wildflower planting.

Letters, along with a summary of the proposals, have gone out to local residents to inform and invite them to share their views.

Bowbrook Primary School - elevation strategy mock up

Bowbrook Primary School – elevation strategy

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:-

“It’s very exciting to see the proposed plans for a new primary and SEND school for Shrewsbury.

’This is an exciting opportunity to work with our partners to expand and enhance the range of both primary and specialist provision already on offer for Shropshire children.

“These two new schools are an important and exciting development as we look to meet the demand for school places in this area of Shrewsbury – but this really is good news for the whole of Shropshire.

“Our aim is to ensure that Shropshire children with SEND receive the same opportunities in life as other children and young people. With the number of pupils with SEND requirements – both in Shropshire and nationally – rising steadily, this is a fantastic opportunity to build a school that caters for the needs of those pupils. It will also complement the provision already in place in the county.”

Get involved 

Those who can’t attend the public consultation event, and want to share their views, can do so by going to the DPP consultation website at www.dppukltd.com/bowbrookschools. The site has been set up to provide further information and allow for feedback.

Alternatively, residents can email your comments to consultation@dppukltd.com, where feedback will be logged, and any queries answered. You can also post them to: DPP, One Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HN 

Please submit your comments by Friday 11 March 2022. 

SEN Keystone Academy design development

SEN Keystone Academy design development

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the council’s website and there will be a further opportunity to comment.