Wheatway Primary Academy




The Gloucestershire Learning Alliance (GLA) would like to open a new free school called Wheatway Primary Academy which would join our existing Multi-Academy trust.  Wheatway Primary Academy would open as a two form entry (60 places in each year group when fully open) primary school. The school would open in September 2019.

For a progress update please click here.

What is a Free School?

Local Authorities can no longer open new schools. All new schools must open as Free Schools, which are state schools, funded directly by the government. They are not controlled by the Local Authority but by the individual school or Academy Trust board.   

Why do we need another school?

Gloucestershire Local Authority have told us that there is significant and increasing demand for school places in the area. All the current local schools are oversubscribed and additional temporary places are having to  be made available at some schools to cope with this demand. Some children are having to travel long distances past their local school to find a place and children new to the area often can't find a school place.

Who are the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance?

If you have found your way to this page, then you have found our website which has lots of information about us!  We are a small, local Multi-Academy Trust of 4 Gloucestershire Primary Schools. The GLA Multi-Academy Trust Vision is “Working together in a local partnership to achieve outstanding outcomes for all.” The GLA Multi-Academy Trust was created on the 1st November 2013 with founder schools Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy (BCPA), Rowanfield Junior School (RJS) and Springbank Primary Academy (SPA). Longford Park Primary Academy (LPPA), our brand new  free school,  will open in September 2017. BCPA was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2014; Springbank Primary Academy was rated ‘Good’ in Sept 2016 and Rowanfield Junior School was rated ‘outstanding’ in January 2014 for the third consecutive time. We believe that the continuous improvement of all the academies in our alliance is as a direct result of highly effective partnerships within the Multi-Academy Trust and with other local partnerships. We work with all the schools in the local area to ensure that the whole community benefits and children in all schools have the best possible educational opportunities.

Our Vision for Wheatway:

Be the best you can be!"  

All GLA academies have a strong vision statement that drives the development and direction of the school. At WPA, our ‘Be the best you can be’ vision encompasses our aspiration for the school and its positive impact on the local community. We want to work with our local community so YOU can tell US what you want from your school but fundamentally our vision is:

  • High Aspirations: Encouraging our whole community to have high aspirations for your children and supporting children to explore and develop these aspirations and set challenging goals for themselves
  • Drive & Determination: Developing children’s understanding that to reach challenging targets requires effort and hard work and supporting them to develop resilience when things get tough!
  • Being part of a community & bringing something to it: Supporting each other through working together as a community, joining in and taking care of one another.
  • Celebrating with each other: recognising and celebrating all achievement at all levels.

How can you find out more?

We held informal consultation events at  Abbeydale Community Centre (GL4 4BL) on the 8th March and 15th March 2017 but we regularly update our Facebook page.  @ 5.30pm - 7.30pm

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Contact me Shirley Clarke direct: head@springbankpri-ac.gloucs.sch.uk 

The GLA Schools:

Please click on the link to view each schools website.

   Springbank Primary Academy - 2016 Ofsted rated ‘GOOD’

  Rowanfield Junior School - 2014 Ofsted rated ‘OUTSTANDING’

  Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy - 2015 Ofsted rated ‘GOOD’

  Longford Park Primary - Opening Sept 2017