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School place planning in Cannock Chase District

The Cannock Chase district is made up of two distinct areas:

A two-tier education system, with primary (4-11 years) and secondary (11-18 years) schools, operates throughout the Cannock Chase district.

Printable map of Cannock Chase district:

For the purpose of school place planning the district is broken down into smaller planning areas which are used to plan the number of school places required. These have been grouped based on the geographical location of schools, and by assessing pupil movement between schools and catchment areas.


Cannock including Norton Canes, has 17 primary schools, 1 infant school, 1 junior school and 5 secondary schools.

Poppyfield Primary Academy, 1FE (210 places) opened in September 2019 providing 30 Reception places, increasing by one year group each year, with all year groups operational in September 2025. 

In the longer term additional school places may be required.

Printable planning cluster map


Rugeley has 13 primary schools and 1 secondary school.

Additional secondary school places will be required in Rugeley in the next five years to meet local demand.

The John Taylor Multi Academy Trust made a successful application to the DfE to open a new All Through School as part of a large new housing development proposed for Rugeley on the site of the former Power Station. The new All Through School is planned to open in September 2025.  

Printable planning cluster map

New schools

Within the district there is a new All Through School proposed to be delivered in Rugeley within the next five years.

Rugeley: John Taylor School – All Through School

The Department for Education (DfE) plans to open a new all-through school in September 2025. The school will initially have a phased opening, growing in line with demand for additional places from the new housing on the former Power Station site. In the longer term, the additional places provided by the school will total 2FE of primary provision (210 places) and 5FE of secondary provision (750 places).

The John Taylor Multi Academy Trust (JTMAT) will be the sponsor for this school.

Planning permission for this project has been granted by Lichfield District Council. The application and all associated documents can be viewed by visiting Lichfield District Council planning portal via the link below, and searching for planning application reference 23/01237/REMM:



School expansions

No additional primary places are proposed through school expansions within the next five years.

Additional places were delivered at The Hart to accommodate an increase in demand of 30 pupils in 2022/23.

Additional primary places are required in the Norton Canes area within the next five years.

Beyond the next five years, additional primary and secondary school places may be required through expansion projects to mitigate the impact of the local plan housing.

Current consultations

There are currently no live consultations for this area.

Delivered projects

The following projects have been delivered since September 2018:

SchoolPlacesDate completed
The Hart 60

September 2021

Poppyfield Primary Academy 210 September 2019


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