Below are some of the thoughts and points discussed in the development of the Lydney Draft NDP.

The 2011 Census confirmed that there are 9,993 people resident in the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan Area and of these 1,945 are aged from 0-16 years old and a further 301 are aged 17-18 years.

See 2011 Census information on the Office for National Statistic’s website here.

As of 2011 there were 868 children in the Lydney NDP Area who are aged 4 to 11 years.

In Lydney there are three primary Schools:

Lydney Church of England Community School (VC)
Capacity of 210 pupils
Ofsted rated: 1 – Excellent,
Included 4-11 years (mixed gender)
State funded
Primrose Hill C of E Primary School
Capacity of 315 pupils
Ofsted rated: 3 – Satisfactory
4-11 years (mixed gender)
State funded
Severnbanks Primary School
Capacity of 210 pupils
Ofsted rated: 1 – Outstanding,
4-11 years (mixed gender)
State funded

Total Capacity in Lydney’s three schools = 735

For the purposes of planning numbers and to help with the volatility of numbers in village schools the following schools are included in a pool for planning purposes:

Aylburton C of E Primary – capacity 70 children

Bream C of E – capacity 210 children

Parkend Primary – capacity 56 children

In addition to the above there is Three Castles College (2 pupils), and a National trend towards home schooling that may be reproduced in Lydney, but there is no data to inform the scale of this.

Education – Planning ahead

In the next 13 years Lydney will increase by 1,900 homes as stated in the Forest of Dean District Council’s Core Strategy Policy (CSP.12, page 78) and this continued growth of housing in Lydney is creating a high demand for places at Severnbanks and Lydney residents are likely to have to locate their children in Schools further away from their neighbourhood.

A proportion of the transportation issues will be met through use of motor vehicles exacerbating traffic flow around the bypass, into town to Bream Road and Primrose Hill. Once children are established in these schools they are likely to stay there creating a transport issue for several years.

Education – The Aim

Provide support to the development of a primary school infrastructure to cope with growth and ensure a sustainable Lydney.

To ensure a high level of education at Lydney Primary Schools and continued high Ofsted rating.

Improve the provision of adult education classes in the Town during the evening.

Education – Pertinent Documents

Lydney NDP Primary Scoping Report      Prepared by the Lydney NDP Steering Group on the Primary School situation (2013)

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