Council's funding boost for high school relocation

Published: 09 Jul 2019

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday) agreed proposals to commit up to £8m to secure the relocation of The Bishop’s Stortford High School.


The move will see the secondary school relocate from its current site in London Road to a new, expanded site at Whittington Way.  The expansion will mean the school can offer additional places immediately in a modern environment, with further potential to expand in the future to support the proposed scale of new housing growth within the area.


Councillors heard that Cabinet first approved plans for the relocation in February 2018.  Development of the new school will be funded by the sale of its current site for housing, as well as a £11.2m grant from the Department for Education (DfE) and council funding.


The site for the new school has already been identified and, subject to planning permission, work is likely to start on site in 2020.


Councillor Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “The school’s existing buildings are considered to be in poor condition and not conducive to providing a continued high level of education into the future for an Ofsted rated “outstanding” school.


“Relocating The Bishop’s Stortford High School will provide a fantastic opportunity to build a brand new school with modern facilities which will provide its students with the first-class learning environment and enrichment facilities they deserve to flourish and succeed."