Wichelstowe is a new suburb, on the southern edge of the growing town of Swindon. When complete, Wichelstowe will comprise of three distinct but joined communities. Development in East Wichel started in 2008 and is now almost complete. Work is now underway at Canalside which will include the District Centre and the first houses in the central area of the site. The third area, West Wichel will then be developed, with a total of around 4000 new houses in Wichelstowe as a whole.
The Deanery CE Academy
Construction on the Deanery Church of England Academy is now open!
The school opened in September 2019, welcoming year 7 pupils from across Swindon. Student numbers will gradually increase each year as a new year 7 group is added. When the school is fully open there will be around 1400 students including approximately 400 sixth form students. The school is run by the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust and includes a Sport England standard multi-use games area as well as an all-weather pitch designed to Sport England hockey standards. An impressive theatre space also provides enhanced performing arts facilities.
In February 2019 a time capsule was buried at the front of the school containing the Church of England’s vision for education, a cross from the Holy Land, a school tie and brochure, and the front page of the Swindon Advertiser. Attendees included the Bishop of Swindon and reps from the DfE, the DBAT Board of Directors and Wroughton and Wichelstowe parish church.
For more information see thedeaneryceacademy.co.uk
The Cornerstone Coffee Shop
A community coffee shop has opened on the Deanery School Site in Wichelstowe it is open to the public. It is on the corner of the building on Peglars Way.
A detailed planning application for 85 new homes in the Canalside area of Wichelstowe has been submitted by architects on behalf of Swindon Borough Council. The choice of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed homes for sale will be located to the north of the existing Waitrose store and be situated along both banks of the canal. Construction is expected to start this year.