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Bathurst Development Legacy build

Watching our new school hall grow

The children have been enjoying watching their school transform.  We have a dedicated team of representatives who attend site meetings and feedback to the rest of the school community. 

Siddington Primary to open its doors to the pupils of The Steadings

Siddington C of E Primary School plans to welcome pupils from The Steadings, the new neighbourhood within Cirencester, for a minimum of two years from September 2025 while the primary school at the heart of The Steadings is being built.

The Corinium Education Trust will run The Steadings’ primary school to meet the demand for additional school places in Cirencester as the neighbourhood develops. Initially, the school will be run from a temporary site at Siddington C of E Primary before it moves to its permanent location currently planned for 2026.

The Corinium Education Trust is working closely with Gloucestershire County Council and the site developers, Bathurst Development Ltd (BDL) to ensure that any temporary accommodation for the new school provides a permanent legacy building for its host in the form of a new multi-purpose hall.

Siddington School Headteacher Katie Cook said ‘a new hall has been an aspiration for many years, and it will provide a fantastic new flexible space for enhancing our pupils’ education.’

Lord Bathurst, a Director of BDL, said “I am delighted that BDL is able, through the development of The Steadings, to fund and build the new legacy hall at Siddington C of E Primary School.  We have appointed the architectural practice Roberts Limbrick Ltd, whose reputation for designing bespoke school facilities within the region is impressive”.

Following local consultation in the Spring, BDL expects to make a formal planning application in early Summer 2022; with construction work anticipated to start in Summer 2023.

The Corinium Education Trust is working closely with Katie Cook to ensure the temporary location of The Steadings primary school at Siddington causes minimum disruption to both existing pupils and nearby residents. Additional parking will be available for new staff, and each school will have its own timetable with staggered start and finish times to avoid congestion. In addition, new walking routes will be in place to reduce the impact of traffic and additional play areas will be provided.

Chiquita Henson, Chief Executive, The Corinium Education Trust said ‘we are committed to ensuring that the design of the legacy building at Siddington C of E Primary School and the permanent school on The Steadings provide the highest quality of new education facilities for the new community.”  

The Bishop of Tewkesbury and Chair of the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Education commented ‘I am delighted that Siddington C of E Primary School, it’s pupils and staff, will benefit from the new space the legacy building will create. We are keen to ensure the new school hall reflects the school’s Christian distinctiveness and meets the local community’s needs.’

For more information contact Chiquita Henson, Chief Executive, The Corinium Education Trust or 01285 653447 (Cirencester Deer Park School)





The Corinium Education Trust is a local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) serving Cirencester and the South Cotswolds. Member schools currently include Cirencester Deer Park School, Kemble Primary School, Siddington C of E Primary School and Chesterton Primary School.


Bathurst Development Ltd (BDL) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bathurst Estate established to deliver high quality and sensitively designed places and buildings in Cirencester and the surrounding area.  It is taking a lead role as the Master Developer for The Steadings, Cirencester [], which will offer a sustainable, welcoming and attractive new neighbourhood within the town to include 2350 new homes, a 3-form-entry primary school, a neighbourhood centre to include retail, restaurants and café, community, health and sports facilities as well as 22.6 acres of employment land, 95 acres of open space. For more information contact