£58m project

Work is under way on the long-awaited new primary and secondary schools for Lyde Green.

Final funding agreements and contracts have been signed to deliver the new facilities in time for the start of the 2026/27 academic year.

The 420-place, primary school will be run by the Castle School Education Trust (CSET) and the 900-place, 11-16 secondary school will be run by Olympus Academy Trust, both of which already run a number of local schools.

The total project funding is more than £58.3 million, which is made up of almost £24 million from South Gloucestershire Council, and more than £34.3 million from the Department of Education under the Free Schools Programme.

The buildings will be built to Passivhaus standards, which means they will be highly energy efficient, optimised to be net zero, making them significantly cheaper to run. Construction is now underway by BAM.

The long delay in reaching agreement on the project has meant many families have to travel to schools further afield, including in Kingswood.