Special School Plan Gets Go Ahead

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The first phase of a 10-year plan to transform special educational needs provision in Wigan Borough has been approved.

Wigan Council’s cabinet have agreed to proceed to consultation on plans to rebuild Hope School on a new site at Montrose Avenue at Central Park.

This is all part of the council’s long-term plan to ensure the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being met. The proposed approach will be phased over ten years and includes creating more school places and building new schools where current facilities are outdated and need investment.

The current Hope School site would be retained and reserved with the possibility of a primary school.

In parallel to this consultation the council is also considering other support and provision that is needed in the borough, for example resourced provision and its outreach support offer, and is working with schools and families to look at need and a suitable offer for the future.

The proposals over a ten year period are:

Hope School – proposal to build a new school on a new site at Montrose Avenue at Central Park.

Rowan Tree Primary School – proposal to build a new school on the current or a new site in Leigh.

Landgate School – proposal to build a new school on the current or new site. Minor improvement works to be carried out to the existing school.

Willow Grove Primary School – proposal to build a new school on the current or a new site. The available land would allow us to build a new school whilst maintaining the provision in the current buildings.

Oakfield High School – proposal to extend the school and carry out adjustments or provide off-site provision temporarily to meet high demand.

There are currently no proposals for Newbridge Learning Community School.