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New secondary school could come to town centre

Friday March 31 2017

Senior councillors will meet to discuss the issue on Wednesday Senior councillors will meet to discuss the issue on Wednesday

AN OLD sixth form college in the town centre could be converted into a secondary school to help meet demand for school places. 

The building on Eastgate - owned by Barnsley College - has been earmarked as a potential site for a new school after it was revealed that Barnsley could be short of nearly 1,000 secondary school places by 2022, due to a 'bulge' of pupils coming through primary education.

Barnsley Council will also consider working with an existing multi-academy trust to build a new free school in the town centre, or work with council-controlled schools to establish a new academy trust, which would then sponsor a new school.

Penistone Grammar could also be extended as part of the plans - but it's believed the council's preferred option is to refurbish the Eastgate site.

In addition, a surge of new housing and a proposed major housing development in Barugh Green will mean a new primary school is needed to meet demand for places in that area of the town.

Senior councillors will meet on Wednesday to discuss the options.

You can read more in this week's Barnsley Chronicle.

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Reply Posted by Andrew foers on Friday March 31 2017 at 18:50
Would it nit have been better to have not knocked down one of the best schools in barnsley (honeywell ) instead if wasting money making a new one well done again barnsley council.

Reply Posted by Susan on Friday March 31 2017 at 21:55
Once again profit before gain. Giving approval for a massive new housing estate when they're isn't the infrastructure to meet demands. Barnsley Counci, they don't think ahead

Reply Posted by Susan cook on Friday March 31 2017 at 22:01
Once again Barnsley Council putting profit before gain. Giving approval for a massive housing estate and not considering the infrastructure, and what about medical support, our surgery is full to overflowing.

Reply Posted by Me on Friday March 31 2017 at 22:14
Wait for council tax to go up again to pay for it all

Reply Posted by AHR on Sunday April 2 2017 at 18:49
Did I read Private School in Barnsley, well I never !.

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Monday April 3 2017 at 10:03
Wow, new houses mean that we need more schools, excellent insight from the council. Shame they realised after the houses have started being built.

There were loads of potential sites starting with 2 high schools at Kingstone and Holgate that were knocked down and Honeywell and Huddersfield Road high schools but guess what, they were built on.

A high school on Eastgate must be one of the worst ideas I've ever heard of not least from the potential safeguarding issues that will develop in having a school in the middle of a town centre. Kids will have to run the gauntlet of the drunks and druggies at the bus station for starters. Then how will there be any PE provision, it's tiny.

this is the tip of the iceberg as well what with a number of new builds coming through in Darton, Mapplewell, Pogmoor and Barugh Green with no extra infrastructure - or even room for it. we'll see the council scratching its head for years to come.

Reply Posted by Anne on Tuesday April 4 2017 at 08:32
To be honest i am all for education, but don't we have enough in the middle of town as it is? when i go town to shop on my days off would like to see more quality and provisions, and better shopping facilities, were not a city and would hate to think what it would be like at lunch time!!

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