The new school

Burnley High School has been given the green light for a new home on the site of the former Habergham school.

Executive Headteacher Mrs Elizabeth Haddock today (Tuesday) announced the Government had given the go ahead to the scheme which will see the existing empty structure demolished and a new secondary school built in Byron Street, Burnley.

Mrs Haddock said: “The timetable for the project is still being discussed in Whitehall and costs are being finalised. At this stage no figure has been put on the rebuild.”

The three-storey new school will include provision for a sixth form and accommodation for up to 650 pupils.

The move follows the scrapping of plans to refurbish the Habergham location after the discovery of old mining activities under the buildings forced a rethink. The mine workings will be made secure as part of the rebuild.

Mrs Haddock added: “In the meantime work will carry on in preparation for an expansion of our temporary school at the Parkhill business complex in Padiham Road.”

Additional classrooms, science facilities and play areas are being installed in time for the next school year beginning in September.

Outdoor sports fields are being made available at the Habergham site and indoor sports and technology will be utilised at the University Technical College in Trafalgar Street, Burnley.

Burnley High’s Head of School, Mrs Dawn Forshaw, said: “Ten weeks ago we were very disappointed when we learned we would not be moving from our current home at Parkhill in September.

“But the news that we are to have a completely new school has banished the disappointment and filled us with excitement for the future.

“We are looking to welcome up to 90 new pupils to Burnley High in September and this announcement is a great fillip for those new students, our existing pupils, all the families and of, course, our staff.”


By Paul Thomas