New secondary school to open in Tameside
Friday 7th July 2017 @ 12:34 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

A brand new secondary school is set to open in Tameside in September 2018, after the trust behind it began a required consultation period.

Should planning permission be granted, the Laurus Ryecroft will hopefully welcome 150 Year 7 students to the proposed site, which is set to be built adjacent to Daisy Nook.

The school will replicate the outstanding provision offered by the Laurus Trust founding school, Cheadle Hulme High School, in Stockport.

Linda Magrath, CEO of Laurus Trust, is thrilled that the trust is expanding in to Tameside.

She said: “Our hope is we’ll attract some of Tameside’s finest pupils to come and join our new school,” she said.

“We know there’s a basic need because Tameside Council have told us that and they’ve asked us to open in 2018 rather than 2019.”

Mrs Magrath explained that the ‘Free School,’ will be funded by the government and will not be funded by the Tameside council tax payers.

She also believes the success of Cheadle Hulme High School can be mirrored here in Tameside.

“We think we do a really, really good job with students of all abilities and that’s what this school is all about,” she added. “It’s about being inclusive and offering an academic education for every single child.”

School admission criteria is to be based around distance to avoid clashes with current secondary schools in the borough, who work with feeder schools.

One person who will be involved at the new school is former Manchester City and Scotland striker Paul Dickov.

The ex-footballer is the head of sporting excellence and explained what his role involved.

“I’ve been asked to come in and oversee everything sport wise for the new school,” he said.

“Everybody has got their niche. Not every single student, who goes to school, are top academics and everybody will have their niche in what they want to do and it’s about finding that and nurturing it.”

The consultation period for Laurus Ryecroft, which opened on June 9, will run to Friday, July 21, and is seen as an important step in their journey to opening in September 2018.

 

Main picture:

Collaboration: (left to right) Paul Dickov, new head teacher Martin Vevers, and Linda Magrath, CEO of Laurus Trust

 

By Matt Hewitt