Demand for more secondary places could equal big schools
OLDHAM could get another controversial free school to meet demand for more secondary places.
Three other schools would also be expanded to create the extra 300 Year 7 places needed for next September, and a total of 700 by 2021, to cope with the rising birth rate, new housing developments and more families moving to the borough - including high numbers from abroad.
But the proposal for another free school has been attacked by the borough's largest teaching union which says that Oldham's existing one - Collective Spirit in Chadderton - is in chaos. The plans will go to Cabinet on Monday... read more
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