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£3 million school expansion needed to cope with extra pupils

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TOWN Hall chiefs are to be asked to approve a £3 million investment in Great Sankey High School to expand the school to cope with increasing numbers of children in the West Warrington area.
The scheme is the latest development in a strategy launched in 2014 to ensure there are sufficient numbers of school places in a growing part of the borough.
Although housing development at Omega has not progressed as quickly as originally expected and the school is currently not needing additional space, there will be a need to cater for additional pupils soon.
The expansion proposed will enable the school to cater for an intake of 375 – equivalent to an additional 60 places per year group. It will make use of the adjoining Barrow Hall Primary School site which became vacant when the school relocated to Omega.
A report by Cllr Jean Carter lead member for children’s services, to be considered by the borough council’s executive board on Monday indicates that there will be no financial implications for the council as the investment can be contained within the Basic Needs Assessment allocated by the Department for Education.
Councillors will be asked to support the investment.

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