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Classroom Boost by Council for Matthew Moss Secondary

04 August 2017

Councillor Donna Martin.

Rochdale Council's Cabinet has approved work to expand Matthew Moss Secondary school in order to provide vital school places for children and young people in the Rochdale borough.

The newly approved plans for Matthew Moss High School will ensure a further 30 new places for the September 2018 intake, making a total of 150 new places.

This school expansion is part of a larger project to ensure that the Rochdale borough has enough school places to meet increased demand over the next 10 years.

Councillor Donna Martin, Cabinet Member for children's services welcomed the approval, she said; "This is an important project which contributes to our overall work to meet school place demand over the next 10 years. We are investing in children and young people's education by increasing school capacity, ensuring thousands across the borough can attend the school of their choice. We are grateful of the support from the governing body which has been instrumental in this work."

Secondary provision has been hugely expanded over the last few years with an extra 250 places having already been approved. Building work has provided extra places at Holy Family, Cardinal Langley and Hollingworth Secondary since September 2016. Extra places will be in place for September 2017 at Kingsway Park and Falinge Park. Middleton Technology School had a major restructure in 2013/14 to accommodate an extra 60 per year group.