Oldham Council continues to work closely with the school and the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure progress is made and we deliver a new school for our children as they deserve the best facilities to learn in.
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Latest update from Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, July 2021
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Saddleworth School is an 11 – 16 age range secondary school in Oldham currently located in Uppermill.
The school is to be rebuilt under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) which is being delivered by the Department for Education (DfE). PSBP was established to address the needs of those schools in the worst condition across the country. The existing school is made up of 11 blocks of accommodation, most of which are in a poor state of repair.
The new school will have capacity for 1,500 pupils.
The school was originally earmarked to be replaced under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The current site is very constrained, with limited land upon which to build new school facilities. As part of the BSF programme, Oldham Council procured the services of Halliday Meecham who carried out an options appraisal and concluded that redeveloping the school on the existing site would be expensive and disruptive. It identified a new site at Diggle, approximately 2km away, upon which to locate the new school but the BSF programme was then terminated in 2010.
After it was confirmed that Saddleworth School would be part of the PSBP, all parties looked at viable site options with the aim of delivering a new, fit for purpose school and a facility the whole community could use.
The DfE produced a Feasibility Study in January 2015 and concluded that following appraisal of the options, land to the back of the former WH Shaw Pallet Works Site in Diggle had been identified as the preferred site for the construction of a new school. The conclusions of the study were reported to Cabinet 30 March 2015.
Some of the dilapidated industrial buildings to be cleared at the rear of the WH Shaw site in Diggle.=
This scheme will see the industrial buildings cleared to make way for the new school, sports hall and ancillary buildings, and be more sympathetic to the local environment. Green Belt land at the site would be used for sports pitch provision and for the proposed parental drop off area and residents’ car park adjacent to 44 Huddersfield Road.
Canal walkway view
NW Corner to site
View from the road
Image of Front elevation