£15m plan could bring school back into town

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.”

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