New facilities and extra pupils at popular school

GROWING: Southlands High School will accept more pupils from September 2016

GROWING: Southlands High School will accept more pupils from September 2016

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More pupils will be able to attend a popular school after plans to permanently expand it were approved.

Southlands High School in Chorley will be able to accept an extra 30 pupils from September, increasing the number admitted from 190 to 220.

“We are looking forward to being able to accommodate more children next year and hope they enjoy our new facilities.”

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson

The places are needed due to the rise in the birth rate and housing development in the area.

Extra sports facilities will be needed and a sports hall, changing rooms, classroom, offices and reception will be built in time for September 2016.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We are constantly reviewing changing demographic factors to make sure the number and location of the school places we provide are adequate throughout Lancashire. It’s great that we’ve been able to offer these extra places which will be a real boost for the local community.

“When places are increased, the school facilities sometimes need to grow to keep pace with the expansion. We also recognised a need for more sports provision at the school.

“We are looking forward to being able to accommodate more children next year and hope they enjoy our new facilities.”

Headteacher Mark Fowle said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome more pupils to our school soon.

“It is always good news to be able to improve on the facilities we can offer.”

There are also plans to provide extra primary school places to meet the demand in Chorley.

The intake at Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School in Buckshaw Village and Primrose Hill Primary School in Euxton will increase by 30 pupils each from September.