£15m plan could bring school back into town
PLANS to build a new high school have been unveiled.
Radcliffe has been without secondary school provision since Radcliffe Riverside closed in 2014, with more than 1,700 youngsters now forced to attend schools outside the town.
But that could soon change as a multi-academy trust prepares to submit plans to build the £15m facility to the government next week. The bid from Star Academies is being backed by Bury council, with town hall leaders viewing the proposed facility as a key element in its plan to regenerate Radcliffe.
Should the bid be successful then the site of the former Radcliffe
Riverside School, in Spring Lane, has been earmarked for the facility.
The Blackburn-based academy trust, which runs 28 free schools throughout the UK, hopes to secure millions in funding to build the facility through the government’s free school programme.
In order to do so, it must submit its bid by Monday.
Star’s chief executive, Hamid Patel CBE, said: “We are working closely with the council and other partners to prepare a strong case for the new school and are genuinely excited about its potential - if approved by the Department for Education - to drive the regeneration of Radcliffe.”