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Ashton secondary school to be expanded to cope with Preston school places demand

Posted on - 12th April, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Cottam, Ingol, Larches, Lea, Politics, Preston News, Schools
Ashton Community Science School is to absorb some of the pressure on the city's school places Pic: Google
Ashton Community Science School is to absorb some of the pressure on the city’s school places Pic: Google

A Preston secondary school is to expand the number of pupils it takes on for the next two years.

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Due to the rapid building of new homes to the North and West of Preston the city’s schools are seeing growing pressure on admissions.

Ashton Community Science College School is to take on an additional 30 students from September this year and also in September 2021.

Lancashire County Council has signed off the urgent decision without the need of a full council meeting.

It has also approved funding to provide an additional hall space and servery as well as fitting out a second food technology room. The works are due to be completed in time for the September 2021 intake.

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The school in Aldwych Drive was previously taking in 160 new pupils each September, and had total pupil numbers below 800.

This new intake would increase the total number of pupils in the school to a peak of 865 in 2023 if all places are filled.

Signs for new housing developments in Preston Pic: Blog Preston
Signs for new housing developments in Preston Pic: Blog Preston

Ofsted last inspected Ashton Community Science College in April 2018 and rated it as good and the school is still consulting on proposals to convert to academy status.

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The school remains closed in line with the government guidance due to the coronavirus lockdown.

What do you think about the expanded school places? Does your child attend the school? Let us know your views in the comments below

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