A consultation is now underway on proposals to allow Golborne High to admit more pupils in the coming years.
The school, which is rated Good by Ofsted, has been explanding its buildings over the past three years, and this has allowed it to take in more pupils than its current admission number of 180 each year.
Now it hopes to make a permanent increase to the number of Year 7 places each year – creating an additional 50 places, taking it to 230 pupils joining each year.
The consultation is now in its early stages, with local people invited to have their say.
An event will take place on Thursday, 27 January 2022 from 2.45 – 5pm at the school. Places can be booked by calling 01942 726842. You can also find out more about the consultation on Wigan Council’s website.
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.
To accomodate the additional 50 children per year, Golborne High plans to extend the school building further, creating new classrooms and additional teaching and staff spaces.
If agreed, the school will have an overall capacity of 1150 pupils across all year groups.
How can I have my say?
The first phase of the consultation ends on 3 February 2022. The results will then be considered by Wigan Council’s Cabinet on 17 February.
A more formal consultation could then begin on 28 Februray, and last until 28 March 2022.
A final decision would be made on 21 April, 2022. If approved, the increased intake would begin from this September.