SAND Academies Trust were delighted to have been approved as the sponsor for a new special school in Stroud for pupils with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties.

The school will take pupils in the 4 to 11 age range and will have capacity for 60 pupils.

The school opened in September 2023.

Please read the press release from Gloucestershire County Council

Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to SAND Academies Trust opening the new school in Stroud.


Section 10 Consultation process

As part of the process of opening a new school, we were legally required to hold a consultation exercise (under section 10 of the Academies Act 2010) to determine whether the Trust should enter into a Funding Agreement with the Department for Education.

This consultation allowed parents/carers and pupils, staff and governors from local schools, other Local Authorities, Councillors, local residents and any other interested parties to learn more about the school, SAND Academies Trust and share their views.


Documents relating to the consultation can be downloaded below:

Initial consultation document


Consultation flyer


Consultation report