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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.



As at September 2020 Cannock including Norton Canes, has 17 primary schools, 1 infant school, 1 junior school and 5 secondary schools.

Poppyfield Primary Academy opened in September 2019 to provide an additional 30 reception places each academic year. An additional 150 primary school places will therefore be available in five years time (up to and including 2024/25).

In the longer term additional school places may be required.

Printable planning cluster map



As at September 2020 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.

An application has been made to the DfE by the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust 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. If approved this could be delivered within the next five years.

Printable planning cluster map


New schools

Within the district a new primary school has been delivered.

Poppyfield Primary Academy (Pye Green)

A 1FE (210 place) primary school opened in September 2019.


School expansions

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

Additional temporary places will be delivered at The Hart to accommodate an expected increase in demand of 30 pupils in both 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Additional primary places may be 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 2015:

SchoolPlacesDate completed
Poppyfield Primary Academy 210 September 2019
Hob Hill CE/Methodist (VC) Primary 105 September 2017
West Hill Primary 105 September 2017


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