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Wigan Council agrees revised date for new Lowton and Golborne High School
Monday 7th June, 2010

Wigan Council’s Cabinet has agreed that the closure of Lowton and Golborne high schools be changed to 31 August 2012. This means that the opening of the new Lowton and Golborne High school planned as part of Wigan’s Schools for the Future programme will now be 1 September 2012.

The closure of both Lowton and Golborne High schools was originally intended to be next summer, in 2011, with the new Lowton and Golborne High school opened and operating for one year in the predecessor schools before transferring to the new building.

The decision to change the formation date of the new school was taken to allow extra time for consultation with key stakeholders. Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People, Cllr Susan Loudon, says: “Building Schools for the Future is a key programme for Wigan and I’m pleased that extra time has been allocated.

“The council has listened to the concerns raised by the local community and this additional time will give all parties the chance to have their say on the design for the new school, and allow plans to be drawn up jointly to mitigate any impact the school may have on the surrounding environment.”

In a joint statement, the Headteachers from both high schools, David Lythgoe and John Shanahan, said: “The council’s decision to postpone the changes for Lowton and Golborne High Schools by a year will provide clarity for parents about the admissions process for September 2011 and assist with a smooth transition to the new school. The decision will also give the Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership, who are promoting the new school, additional time to prepare for its establishment.”

Wigan Council has confirmed that the admissions criteria for September 2011 will remain unchanged and parents of pupils currently in Year 6 will now continue to apply to both Lowton and Golborne High schools in the forthcoming selection time.

For further information, please contact Josie Neil, Wigan Council Media and Communications team on 01942 827369.

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