Notice of Bodmin College 2023-24 Expansion Proposal & Consultation

13th May 2022

Notice of Bodmin College 2023-24 Expansion Proposal & Consultation

We hereby invite all members of the local Bodmin community to take part in a consultation regarding the proposed expansion of Bodmin College.

Bodmin College currently has a capacity of 1200 11-16 pupils with a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 240 students per academic year, plus a 400-place sixth form. Over the past three years, the increasing school-age population of Bodmin and its surrounding area has placed pressure on the availability of school places locally beyond the 240 PAN at Bodmin College. Since 2019, Bodmin College has made a number of adaptations to meet the increasing demand for secondary 11-16 school places and to ensure that children within the Bodmin area continue to have access to high quality education within their locality. This has included increasing staffing and resources, as well as re-organising existing accommodation. Population forecasts for 2022-2026 have shown that demand for places will continue to exceed the existing PAN up until 2026.

To meet the needs of the local community and continue to provide high quality local education for secondary age children within Bodmin and the surrounding area, Bodmin College has been working closely with Cornwall Council on developing a carefully considered expansion proposal, which will be entirely funded by Cornwall Council through its Education Basic Need Capital Programme. The plans include:

  • A new single storey building comprising of 6 new classrooms (including 2 specialist ICT classrooms), new toilet facilities and additional office facilities.
  • A two-storey extension to existing canteen to provide further indoor seated dining areas, a student conference room, cycle storage and resource storage.
  • Conversion of two existing classrooms into brand new science laboratories.
  • Relocation of car-parking facilities.

Designs have been carefully planned to retain the open, spacious and calm environment of the College and to protect green spaces for current and future generations.

As local stakeholders within Bodmin, we invite you as members of the community to take part in the consultation process. Please find the attached document that explains more fully the expansion proposal, the consultation process (including details about our virtual information evening) and how you can submit your views. Please note that this consultation refers solely to the principle of expansion as a 'Significant Change' under DfE requirements, and not the Planning Application and build processes. The Planning Application processes will be undertaken separately by Cornwall Council, the Local Authority (LA).

E Seward-Adams

Mrs Emmie Seward-Adams