New Preston schools consultation goes live

A consultation which seeks views on the creation of a new primary and secondary school in Preston is now live.

The new primary school, if it did get the go-ahead, would be built on the Cottam Hall site and would, over time, create 210 places. This would accommodate rising pupil numbers as a result of housing development in the area and an increase in the birth rate.

It is proposed that the new school would operate as a ‘free school’ and it would open in September 2025.

The new secondary school would be built on the former Tulketh High School site.

The building would be provided by Lancashire County Council and would be partly funded through contributions from the housing development contributions.

A public engagement event is being held at Ingol Library from 4pm-6pm on Monday, January 9, 2023. Officers from Lancashire County Council will be available to answer any queries from attendees regarding the new schools.

There will also be an opportunity to take part in a formal consultation, after a free school sponsor has been approved by the Secretary of State, but before the signing of the funding agreement. This consultation is expected later in the year.

The informal consultation was launched today (Monday, December 12) and it will run until 5pm on January 22, 2023.

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