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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 2019 Stafford, has 33 primary schools and 6 secondary schools.

Two expansions of existing schools, due to complete within the next five years will provide 188 additional primary school places.

Veritas Academy (delivered in September 2015) will offer 60 additional places as the school continues to grow to its maximum capacity within the next 5 years.

There are currently proposals to open a new primary school in 2022 which will provide an additional 30 reception places each academic year. An additional 60 places will therefore be available in the next five years, up to and including 2023/24.

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 2019, Stone has 10 first schools, 1 catholic primary school, 2 middle schools and 1 high school.

An expansion of an existing first school due to complete within the 2019/20 academic year will provide a further 95 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 will be delivered for September 2022, 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 proposed to open and will deliver 900 places, located on the north of the Beaconside development. 



School expansions 

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

Bishop Lonsdale CE Academy

Agreement from the Diocese is awaited prior to commencement on site of the approved build project. The project is 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).

Manor Hill First

The project is underway and is expected to complete Spring Term 2020. The project will enable an additional 125 places to be available, with the PAN increasing in two increments,  from 20 to 30 and then from 30 to 45 (in line with pupils generated from the housing development). 



Current consultations

There are currently no live consultations for this area.



Delivered projects

The following projects have been delivered since 2014:

SchoolPlacesDate completed
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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