Open days for BSF plans 


A series of open evenings aimed at sharing the borough’s plans for Building Schools for the Future will commence this week.

Each school in Phase One of the BSF Programme will show their plans to students, parents and the wider community during a 90 minute drop-in session.  Members of the community are encouraged to attend as this is their opportunity to help shape plans to improve leisure, sport and adult learning facilities in their local area through this investment into schools.

Ladybridge High and Rumworth Special schools, who will share a site as part of their refurbishment, will kick start the open days on Wednesday, March 3 with a session specifically for the community.

The event starts at 7pm at Ladybridge and will finish at 8.30pm.

Sessions will also follow on Wednesday, March 17 for Ladybridge parents and on Thursday, March 25 for Rumworth parents.

Open sessions, for parents and the community, will be held at Bolton Muslim Girls School on Thursday, March 4; Westhoughton on Tuesday, March 9; Little Lever on Tuesday, March 16; Smithills on Thursday, March 18 and Sharples on Tuesday, March 23.

Each open evening runs from 7pm to 8.30pm and will provide parents and the community the opportunity to find out more and have their say on the ideas put forward by each school.

The open evenings follow a successful BSF design day held recently, which saw the pupils present their ideas to an audience of local authority representatives, other schools from Phase Two and Three and Balfour Beatty Education, the company selected to deliver the BSF Programme in Bolton.

The plans are still being developed and people are encouraged to register their views by March 31 at the website above.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “The pupils from each of the seven schools have worked really hard to communicate their ideas on how they would like to see their school improved as part of BSF and have come up with some innovative designs.

“However, it is equally as important to include the views of the wider community as there is an opportunity to extend the schools’ facilities to those living in the surrounding area in a positive way. There are also the issues of how the new school will impact on local residents, so it is vital that those people have their say at an early stage in the process.

“I hope they will take this opportunity to attend the open evening associated with their local school and see how the future of education in Bolton could look.”

For more information visit the website above.

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