Golborne High will admit even more pupils in coming years, after getting the backing of the local council to allow it to expand.
The school, which is rated Good by Ofsted, is consistently over-subscribed and has been adding new buildings to boost its capacity in recent years.
This has allowed it to take in more pupils than its current admission number of 180 each year – and now permission has been granted for it to permanently increase the number of places it offers each year – up to a total of 230.
The change was approved at a meeting of Wigan Council’s Cabinet on April 21, where funding of £1.2m was also agreed to allow for the construction of more school buildings to accomodate the additional pupils, too.
Councillors agreed that there was a need for more quality secondary school places locally, and that, due to the popularity of Golborne High thanks to its recent success, that expanding this school was the right path to take.
Does Lowton and Golborne need more High School places?
With a rise in the birth rate, as well as new housing developments in the area, the demand for High School places locally has grown in recent years. The school is also performing well, with record GCSE results year on year. It is currently graded Good by Ofsted – who said at their most recent inspection that the school had potential to be ‘Outstanding’. It is due to be re-inspected to confirm the final judgement soon.
Golborne High has already been allocated a share of an £8.6m funding pot, coming from the money paid by housing developers in the area to fund local infrastructure improvements in Lowton and Golborne.
The council predicts that demand for school places will remain high. And, given the popularity of Golborne High, which is regularly oversubscribed, this proposal may offer more local families the chance to access their first choice of school.
What next for Golborne High?
The school now has a plan to become an Academy – teaming up with high-performing college Winstanley. A decision on this is expected soon.