Preston Muslim Girls High School announces plans for new two-storey building

A faith-based school North East of Preston has announced plans for a new two-storey building.

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 9:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 12:17 pm
Computer illustrations of the plans for the new two-storey block

The proposals for Preston Muslim Girls High School, if granted, would mean that pupils would not have to cross a road to get between two school sites.

They would also mean that the school would be able to move from one building, currently on short term lease, to a site owned by the charity which established the school.

Planning documents from applicant James Eager of Eric Wright Construction state: “The school currently operates from three sites the Deepdale Mill, the QIM Building and the Sixth Form Leyland Paints block.

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Computer illustrations of the plans for the new two-storey block

“The Deepdale Mill and the QIM Building lie alongside a disused railway line and are separated by Deepdale Mill Street.

“In order to travel between the two sites, pupils need to cross the road which is used by heavy goods vehicles, thus potentially putting the pupils route at risk. Therefore, supervision by teachers and dedicated staff is currently required at all times.

“The brief is to relocate all accommodation presently in the QIM building into a new purpose built school.

“The new school with external social space will be located behind the Deepdale Mill, where at present lies a disused industrial building.”

At the moment the QIM building is leased by a charity separate to the school, and the lease is only being temporarily extended until the school can relocate.

The Deepdale Mill, however, is leased by charity PMEC which founded the School so moving to the Deepdale Mill site would allow the school to invest in its own site.

Design plans also take into account the potential future expansion of the school to include additional classrooms.

Preston Muslim Girls High School currently has 441 students on its roll between the ages of 11 and 18.