Barbara has welcomed Council approval for plans to transform local schools. The £165 million plans mean many local schools will be rebuilt or refurbished.
Following the decision by the Schools Adjudicator not to allow the closure of St George’s RC High School, the school’s buildings will now be refurbished or enhanced at its existing site and to its existing capacity. Barbara successfully campaigned on behalf of local people to keep St George’s open.
St Ambrose Barlow RC High School will also be rebuilt on a site at Wardley for 750 pupils aged 11 to 16, with 250 post-16 school places available. Construction has already started at WalkdenHigh School for 1,500 pupils and Irlam and CadisheadCommunityHigh School, which will accommodate 900 pupils aged 11-16 with 150 sixth-form places to open in September 2011.
“I am pleased that plans to rebuild and refurbish local schools have now been approved and work to improve facilities for pupils can begin. “This investment in the education of local young people is available through the Government’s Building Schools for the Future scheme.
“I am concerned that this scheme could face substantial cuts under Tory plans for education – they have indicated they would cut up to £4.5 billion from this budget. We must continue to invest in local schools so that our children and young people have the best start in their education.”