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Consultation on the future of Hope School and College

A consultation has been launched on proposals to improve facilities for a Wigan special educational needs school.

Parents, carers and guardians of current and prospective Hope School and College pupils are being asked to share their views on the plans that include relocating to another site to increase capacity.

The proposals also explore improving learning environments and modernising facilities.

The plans are part of the first phase of a 10-year transformation plan by Wigan Council as demand for places increases.

Councillor Jenny Bullen said: “We want all of our learners to be taught and nurtured in buildings where both they, teachers and support staff have access to the best space, facilities and resource.

“This is part of a long-term plan, which will ensure that pupils have access to a quality education.”

Buildings at the school’s current site in Marus Bridge are now operating beyond full capacity. As part of the proposals, the school will be moved to Central Park in Worsley Hall, increasing school places to accommodate more learners.

A consultation phase started this week with staff, parents and governors asked to submit their views by Friday 6 December.

Coun Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people, added: “It’s really important that as many people affected by these changes submit their views to us before the closing date.

“Gathering the views of our families is key to ensuring the plans can be designed with local need at heart.

“Hope School and College is already working over capacity, which can impact on a child’s learning experience.

“Our proposals will not only combat this but will help us to improve the condition of our special school buildings, develop new provision within mainstream schools and improve our overall offer to the children and young people needing specialist support.”

If the plans are approved, it is hoped that relocation works will begin in 2021.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the end of November so staff, governors and parents can speak directly with council officers.

Details of these sessions, along with hard copies of the consultation, will be made available to families and staff.

Following the consultation, all responses will be collated and presented to Wigan Council’s cabinet members.

Wigan Council’s cabinet earlier this year approved the 10-year plan to improve special educational needs provision across the borough.

For those who would like to fill the survey in online, please visit www.wigan.gov.uk/HopeSchoolCollegeConsultation.

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