Theschool will start taking Year 7 pupils from September 2019 onwards. We have been given approval from the Department for Education to open in temporary accommodation while the building work is completed. Once the building work is finished, staff and students will move into a brand new building and campus on the Stoke Park site.
We are waiting for final agreement on the temporary site location from the Department for Education but it will be in north Bristol and near to the permanent site. Once the site is confirmed we will publish further information on this website.
The need for secondary school places in Bristol is becoming increasingly critical - we know that by 2022 there will be a shortage of 683 places (just over 22 forms of entry) in Year 7 across the city and that there is a particular need in the North of the city with an estimated shortage of over 300 places by 2022. There are 3 new secondary schools planned as well as expansions to existing secondary schools. CST is committed to working in partnership with the local authority and other educational leaders across the city to provide a new school for Bristol that creates the required places and increases parental choice.
The trust is already working closely with Bristol City Council and Stoke Park Primary School. We will continue to forge partnerships withother local organisationsas well as prospective parents and students.
No. Our school is not a designated faith school. Our admissions policy and our school culture will welcome children from any background, reflecting the many faiths, nationalities and ethnicities of Bristol. The ethos and vision for Cathedral Schools Trust is to deliver education that encourages young people to be imaginative, knowledgeable, hopeful and equipped to make significant decisions. Our core values are derived from Christian teachings and the trust welcomes children of all faiths and none.
We will have high standards for our teaching staff and they will all be suitably qualified, as is currently the case in all schools that are part of Cathedral Schools Trust. Our specialists will be highly qualified in their area of expertise. It is incredibly important to us that we attract and keep good teachers and hire people with the right skills, for example science specialists with a background in higher education or coaches from local sports clubs.
Free schools answer directly to the Department for Education and have some beneficial freedoms – such as managing their own school day and term dates, offering a balanced and innovative curriculum alongside core subjects, and being able to manage their own recruitment process to hire the best staff. All free schools must be not-for-profit, are inspected by Ofsted and students sit public examinations such as GCSEs, just the same as any state school.