Burnley’s new faith high school set for official opening

Pupils and staff at the new Burnley High School
Pupils and staff at the new Burnley High School

Burnley’s newest secondary school – the Christian-ethos Burnley High School – is to be officially opened next week.

The faith school, which has sparked much debate since it opened in September, will host a Founder’s Day on Friday, October 24th.

Currently housed in a temporary home in the Parkhill Business Centre in Padiham Road, the school is expected to move to the former Habergham High School site in Byron Street by next summer.

The secondary school, run by Chapel Street Community Schools Trust, has capacity for 90 Year 7 youngsters but only 32 started classes last month.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle will join other guests, including Dr Russell Rook, chief executive of Chapel Street, and school governors.

Headteacher Mrs Dawn Forshaw said pupils will do 60% of their work through project-based learning, which they have already started.

“At the moment they are saying we will move onto the new site by summer 2015, we are hoping that is the latest. I am massively excited about the next few months.”

The former Habergham building has been empty since Burnley’s other five secondary schools moved into purpose-built facilities as part of the £250m. Building Schools For The Future programme.