Parrenthorn consultation

Statutory proposals for prescribed alterations to Parrenthorn High School (community secondary school)

In accordance with The School Organisation (Prescribed alterations to maintained schools) (England) Regulations 2013, Bury Council proposes to enlarge the school premises at Parrenthorn High School to take effect from 1 September 2018.

School details

Parrenthorn High School (Community Secondary), Heywood Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M45 8PJ.

Local authority details

Bury Council, 3 Knowsley Place, Duke Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EJ.

Background information

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure there are sufficient school places in the area to meet the demand for places from within the resident population. The LA receives Basic Need Grant funding which is allocated for the development of new pupil places.

Within Bury, the demand for school places has increased steadily in recent years. With demand forecast to increase, the numbers seeking a secondary school place are now close to capacity. Demographic patterns show the demand pressure to be more acute in the south of the borough.

Parrenthorn High School, with a current Published Admission Number (PAN) of 168 is one of the smallest secondary schools in Bury but is the most heavily oversubscribed. For the September 2017 intake, there were 287 first preference applications. The average secondary school in Bury has a capacity of approximately 1000 compared with 840 at Parrenthorn.

Description of alteration

The proposal is to enlarge the school premises, through the construction of a new dedicated two storey science block. Existing science laboratories, prep room and ICT rooms will be relocated, thereby enabling a number of general teaching spaces to be created. The new block will be accessed via new corridors from the existing main school corridors with additional external access.

It is proposed to increase the overall capacity of the school to 1050 through an increase in the PAN to 210 with effect from the Year 7 intake in September 2018.

Effect on other schools within the area

The LA must balance the overall demand for school places with the level of oversubscription at individual schools to ensure that, whilst there is sufficient capacity to meet demand that this isn't provided at the expense of other schools. It is not anticipated that the proposed increase at Parrenthorn would have a negative impact upon the pupil numbers in any other Bury school.

Project cost

It is estimated that the cost will be around £3,000,000 to be funded using the Basic Need Grant which is specifically allocated for the development of new pupil places and for which provision is made within the Council's agreed capital programme.

Decision

Following a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on 26 July 2017, the decision was taken to approve the proposal to enlarge the school premises. Minutes of the meeting will be published on Bury Council's Cabinet Meetings webpage.