SCC update

Announcement of Lawns Farm site for secondary school development
As you know, access to a good education is an essential part of growing up healthy, independent and able to get a good job.

County Council Officers have been working with schools across Burton and with East Staffordshire Borough Council Planning Officers to ensure that every child in the town has a place at a local school when they need one.

To date, we’ve invested around £30million to put in place an additional 1,000 primary school places.

As Burton continues to grow, over the next 15 years, we’re expecting to need an additional 2,600 primary school places and an additional 2,600 secondary school places in the town.

I’m writing to you to let you know that we have recently reached a milestone in the provision of these secondary places, with the purchase of land off Branston Lane near Tatenhill.

Now that the county council has purchased this land, we will be looking to secure planning permissions to build a brand new secondary school there, to be open for admissions in September 2018.

This represents a significant investment in Burton’s education provision and is the first secondary school to have been built in the county for over 25 years.
The new school will ensure that Burton’s parents and pupils have choice when it comes to education and will continue to be able to access a good education, in a first class school, close to home.

I understand that you may have questions about this development, but having just completed the purchase of the land, we wanted to give you as much advance notice as possible of this announcement being in the local newspaper.

The official press release is attached for your information.

If you would like more information, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions online and if there is something you’d like to know which is not yet covered here, please get in touch with me at

Yours Sincerely,


Helen Gill
District Commissioning Lead (East Staffordshire)

Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
ST16 2LP
T. 07773791909