Pop­u­lar school set to ex­pand

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A POP­U­LAR and high-achiev­ing school is set to ex­pand by 150 pupils over the next five years as plans for its fu­ture have been ap­proved.

Bolton Mus­lim Girls School has been granted plan­ning per­mis­sion to build a four-storey side ex­ten­sion.

The school, which will in­crease its stu­dent num­bers from 600 to 750, can now also use the sec­ond and third floors of the mill build­ing it is lo­cated in for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses. The ex­pan­sion will al­low the school to add de­sign and tech­nol­ogy as well as drama to its cur­ricu­lum.

Work at the site is due to start in Jan­uary and an ad­di­tional in­take of 30 pupils per year is planned.

Deputy head He­len Andiya­pan warned de­lays to the ex­pan­sion of the ‘over­sub­scribed’ school would put £2.2m of fund­ing at risk.

She said: “There will be a lo­cal short­age of places if this ex­pan­sion does not go ahead. We are aware of the con­cerns raised and have tried our ut­most to ad­dress these in the best na­ture pos­si­ble.”

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