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Burnley And Pendle Education Conferences


News: Burnley And Pendle Education Conferences

Wednesday, 24th March 2004
(PR 1198)

Education experts got together with school and community representatives to discuss the future of secondary education in Pendle and Burnley.

Two education conferences have been held at Turf Moor and Northern Technologies (the former Pendle Training Centre) to discuss future plans for the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The conferences were organised following the recent announcement that Lancashire County Council's bid for £170m to replace all secondary schools in Burnley, Brierfield and Nelson has been included in the first wave of Government investment.

Under the ambitious programme, all secondary schools in England will either be replaced or refurbished to ensure that pupils gain access to 21st century facilities.

The County Council is now in discussion with the DfES (Department for Education and Skills) about the detailed proposals.

If all goes to plan building work will start in 2006 and the new schools will begin to open on a rolling programme from the summer of 2008 onwards.

The plans for Burnley propose the replacement of all eight existing secondary schools with five brand new 11-16 mixed schools and a separate 16-19 centre.

The new schools will be built on existing school sites throughout the town and will take account of Burnley Borough Council's housing renewal and urban regeneration strategies.

The plans for Brierfield and Nelson propose the replacement of Mansfield, Edge End and Walton High Schools with two brand new "state of the art" schools.

Initial plans are to use the existing sites at Edge End and Walton as they are already owned by the County Council and the existing Mansfield site has insufficient space to develop a new school.

The conferences brought together school and community representatives to discuss how the new secondary school developments should move forward.

At the Pendle conference consideration was also given to how the other secondary schools in Colne and West Craven should be involved.

Secondary schools from those districts will be included in future waves of the investment programme.

Special Projects Director, Jack Bennett, from the County Council, said:

"The discussions and the views expressed at the two conferences will now be used to develop detailed proposals about the future of secondary schools in Burnley and Pendle.

"Parents and the whole community will be asked for their views on the detailed plans when the proposals are put out to public consultations over the summer."

For further information please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521


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