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School place planning in Stafford Borough

Stafford borough is made up of two distinct areas:

A two-tier education system, with primary (4-11 years) and secondary (11-18 years) schools, operates in Stafford.

In Stone a three tier education system, with first (4-9 years), middle (9-13 years) and high (13-18 years) schools, operates. Within Stone, there is a catholic primary (4-11 years).

Printable map of Stafford borough:

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 of September 2020, Stafford, has 33 primary schools & 6 secondary schools.

An expansion of a school is due to complete during 2020/2 and will provide 60 additional primary school places within the next five years.

Veritas Academy (delivered in September 2015) will offer 30 additional places as the school continues to grow to its maximum capacity within the next five years

There are currently proposals to open a new primary school in September 2024 which will provide an additional 30 reception places each academic year. An additional 30 places will therefore be available in the next five years (up to and including 2024/25).

A new secondary school is currently proposed to open outside the five-year period. It will be necessary to provide additional capacity in existing secondary schools across the planning area until the new school is built.

Printable planning cluster map




As of September 2020, Stone has 10 first schools, 1 catholic primary school, 2 middle schools & 1 high school.

An expansion of an existing first school completed during 2020/21 academic year and will provide 110 first school places within the next five years.

In the longer-term additional school places may be required.

Printable planning cluster map



New schools

Within the borough a new primary school is proposed to be delivered within the next five years:

Stafford: North strategic development site - Primary

A 1FE (210 place) primary school opening in September 2024 at the earliest.

In the longer term a further two new primary schools are expected to be delivered on residential developments to the north of Beaconside and land west of Stafford. In addition, a new secondary school is also proposed to open and will deliver 900 places, located within the north of Beaconside development.


School expansions 

In addition to a new school the following expansion projects are currently proposed for the next five years

Bishop Lonsdale CE Academy

The project to deliver three general teaching rooms, and an ICT room as well as the provision of additional pupil toilets, which will enable the school to increase by 105 places (0.5FE) has commenced and is due to complete during 2020/21 academic year.


Current consultations

St Leonard’s Primary School, St Leonard’s Avenue, Stafford, ST17 4LT

We are undertaking a statutory consultation to seek the views of the local community on a proposed relocation and expansion of the school to provide an additional 210 places, an increase of 30 places per year group. 

The school would enlarge in line with the demand for places from the housing developments from its current 1 FE (210 reception to year 6 places) to 2 FE (420 places). It is expected that growth will increase incrementally from 1 FE to 1½ FE (315 places) and then to 2FE.

The consultation starts on 21 September 2021 and ends at 4pm on 19 October 2021.

Further information regarding the consultation can be found below and on the school website.

Please forward any comments to SOTconsultations@staffordshire.gov.uk



Delivered projects

The following projects have been delivered since 2015:

SchoolPlacesDate completed
Manor Hill First 125 September 2020
Alleynes High School 120 January 2019
Walton Priory Middle 120 September 2018
Springfield First 75 September 2017
Gnosall St Lawrence CE Primary Academy 105 September 2016
Doxey Primary 105 September 2015
Parkside Academy 105 September 2015
Veritas Academy 420 September 2015

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