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Plans were approved in March 2014 for a new primary school and more school places in the borough.

Research found there will be demand for an extra 140 places in the reception year by 2017/8.

This will see the delivery of:

  • A new primary school in central Oldham on the site of the former Grange secondary school
  • An expansion of primary school places in the Failsworth and Hollinwood district
  • A programme of primary school expansion specifically targeted within Saddleworth and Lees.

This will be funded by a combination of £5.7 million from the council’s capital budget, plus £10.745 million in Government Basic Needs grant funding.

Mills Hill, Yew Tree and Bare Trees primary schools are also set to get a combined total of 80 new places for next year’s reception classes.

New classrooms at Yew Tree and Bare Trees have been completed and additional classrooms at Mills Hill school are set to be ready by early 2015.

Four other primaries are also being expanded.

Propps Hall will soon be expanded with 70 places, the creation of two new classrooms and a new 3G sports pitch.

The new classrooms, toilet extensions and 3G sports surface are expected to be finished in time for the start of the next school year in September 2015.

Work has already taken place on the expansion of three Chadderton primaries - Mills Hill, Yew Tree and Bare Trees – who can now provide a combined total of 80 new places.