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The trustees of The White Horse Federation, in conjunction with the Local Governing Body of Devizes School (“the school”), are proposing to sell approximately 3.29 acres (1.33 hectares) of land that is currently owned by the school to a residential developer.

By doing so, the school hopes to release a significant amount of capital to reinvest into maintaining and modernising school infrastructure; enhancing school and community sports and performing arts facilities; and working more closely with the local community to support better physical, mental and economic well being. It is estimated that the investment could be in the region of £3.5m - £5m depending on planning permission and the prevailing market.

If approved, the entirety of all sums raised will be reinvested into the school so they can re-design sports facilities and learning spaces fit for a 21st century education.

As such, the trustees have a duty, and indeed a welcome opportunity, to consult with all relevant stakeholders on this matter. Here, you will find details of the proposal and have the opportunity to express any views before a final decision is made by the trustees.

If approved, the entirety of all sums raised will be reinvested into the school so they can re-design sports facilities and learning spaces fit for a 21st century education.

As such, the trustees have a duty, and indeed a welcome opportunity, to consult with all relevant stakeholders on this matter. Here, you will find details of the proposal and have the opportunity to express any soundings before a final decision is made by the trustees.

All interested stakeholders will be able to join an online event to hear further information about the proposal. Please register here: https://forms.gle/fFx9NYW9mTrEdvzP6

You are invited to express your thoughts by 5pm 15/08/22. Further details of the process can be found in the Process section. More information about the online form can be found on the Invitation to respond page.

On Monday 18th July at 6pm Secondary Director, Christopher Belli will be giving a presentation about the proposal and the positive impact this funding will bring to Devizes School. To register for the live-streamed event or to watch the replay please click here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jmh...

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Background

Devizes School was built in 1773 and has been extended at various times between the 1930s and the 2010s. Despite the White Horse Federation investing £2.9m in capital funds for infrastructure projects, maintenance and repairs, the school still needs additional investment to improve its ageing sports and learning facilities.

Benefitting from significant open space that amounts to more than 20 acres (8.1 hectares) - excluding buildings, roads, and car parks - the school is now proposing to sell approximately 3.29 acres (1.33 hectares) of land. Currently, a significant portion of the land to be sold is currently unusable for sports. Following the sale, the school would actually gain 0.06 acres of usable land for our sporting facilities. This is why Sport England are able to support this project because there will be no loss of playing fields at the school.

The Department for Education strictly states that any monies raised from the disposal of land must be reinvested into the school. It’s estimated that this investment would be approximately £3.5m - £5m depending on planning permission and the prevailing market.

We have had positive discussions about the consultation with elected members of Wiltshire Council, and have support from the Devizes School senior leadership team, governors, and PE department as well as national sporting associations.


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