CLC supports Balcarras in sponsorship of New School

CLC is delighted that Balcarras School has been confirmed as the Local Authority's sponsor to develop and run a new secondary school in Cheltenham.

Balcarras will be working with a number of other schools locally, including key partners Cheltenham Ladies' College and Pittville School, to bring the new school on line. 

Balcarras Headteacher Dominic Burke was delighted to hear the news, commenting: “We are about to embark on an exciting challenge. It is a huge compliment to the staff and governors of the school that we have been entrusted to take on this great responsibility and we are hugely excited by the challenge of creating a new school which is just as vibrant and successful as Balcarras.”

CLC was a key partner in the bid and has pledged to support Balcarras in a number of areas. 

Principal Eve Jardine-Young, commented: “We are proud to be one of the partner schools and have the highest respect for the leadership and achievements of Balcarras, its teachers, pupils and wider community. We believe that our partnership will be imaginative and dynamic and that together we can create something of real value for Cheltenham.”

Pittville School's Headteacher Richard Gilpin said: “The two schools have a long history of working together and this initiative is the latest chapter in the close relationship that we have developed over the years.”

Balcarras School received letters of support from ten schools locally including Charlton Kings' Infants and Junior Schools, Glenfall Primary, Holy Apostles Primary, Leckhampton Primary, Warden Hill School, Greatfield Park Primary and St James’ Primary.

Balcarras will now begin a series of meetings with officials from Gloucestershire County Council to begin the work of developing the school and is keen to engage with local businesses and employers.