Published: Tuesday, 22nd Jan 2019

Nearly 300 new primary school places will be created as part of Bolton Council’s commitment to provide every young person with a first-class education.

Proposals to expand Gaskell, Bolton St Catherine’s and SS Osmund and Andrews schools will deliver an extra 295 places.  

The decision follows a feasibility study into increasing Bolton’s school capacity in order to meet growing demand.

The demand is partly due to a growth in in-year school admissions, caused by families with young children moving to the area from outside of Bolton.

The £3,3800,000 cost of the expansions will be covered by funding from the Department for Education, with work set to take places once planning permission is secured.

Additional proposals to expand Gilnow, Markland Hill and Moorgate primary schools will also be explored in case of further demand in the future.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Education, Schools, Safeguarding and Looked after Children, Cllr Ann Cunliffe, said:

“More and more people are moving to the area to take advantage of new job opportunities and a growing economy, and with that comes added demand for school places.

“This is a really positive step which will enable us to meet the needs of families in Bolton both now and in the future.

“Bolton has some fantastic schools and I am excited to see these expansions, so children of all ages can benefit from a quality education.

“We’ve already done some work to expand primary schools and it is wonderful to see the positive effect this has had on pupils and staff.”