Public to have say on school plans 

15/09/09

Bolton’s pupils, parents and residents are to be consulted on how best to improve the town’s primary schools through the Primary Capital Programme (PCP).

Consultation will take place through letters to parents letting them know about the consultation process.  There will be a series of meetings which the general public are welcome to attend. The full consultation document will be available on Bolton Council’s website from 15 September.

Meetings will take place to discuss the overall programme at SS Simon & Jude’s CE Primary School on 18 September, the Gates Community Primary School on 21 September and St Matthew’s CE Primary School on 22 September.

All the meetings will take place between 2:30pm and 6pm, and anyone is welcome to drop in at any point.

The programme is a government plan that aims to bring primary schools across the country up to modern standards.

Over the next 13 years, Bolton Council will receive funding totalling £80m through PCP, which will be used to refurbish and rebuild around half of the borough’s primary schools.

The money will help to create additional pupil places to meet Bolton’s growth in population, meaning that a higher proportion of pupils will secure a place at their preferred school.

Work has been split into phases, and some of the schools earmarked for the first phase have had small extensions this summer but, if approved, any significant expansion work will not be carried out until after this consultation is complete – in most cases beginning later this year.

Any schools that have plans for rebuilding or for extremely large-scale refurbishment will be the subject of further, more detailed consultation aimed at local residents.

“Receiving this funding is a great boost for Bolton and an important investment in the education of today’s children and that of future generations”, Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said.

“We will work to keep everyone up to date and where possible build parents’ and residents’ views into our plans. Each expansion project will be planned to protect children from any risk and to ensure their learning is not interrupted.”

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