School booster plan given the green light

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MAJOR plans to enlarge a Dewsbury school have been given the go-ahead by senior Kirklees councillors.

At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed to spend £270,000 on Westborough High School to cope with an influx of pupils due to the closure of another school. The school will contribute £80,000 to the £350,000 scheme at the Stockhill Street site.

The work will include renovations, provision of extra modular accommodation, replacement hard-standing and additional parking. Refurbishment of existing buildings will take place during this year’s summer holidays with the extras in place by October.

The project is necessary because of the impending closure of nearby Birkdale High in an education shake-up. By 2014, Westborough will have more than 1,000 extra pupils.

The council has ruled out basing the additional pupils at Birkdale as it would be ‘disruptive and a drain on financial and staff resources’.

A report to Cabinet said: “These proposals will help deliver a key priority to enhance the life chances of young people by providing the accommodation and works needed to discontinue Birkdale High and enlarge Westborough.”