Ribble Valley MP welcomes plans for 'vital' new primary school in Clitheroe

Nigel Evans, Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley has welcomed the formal start of the commissioning process for a new primary school in Clitheroe.

The map of the site where the new school is proposed
The map of the site where the new school is proposed

In August 2017, a report titled "School Place Provision Strategy" identified Clitheroe as an area of need for further primary school provision, and in June 2020 a cabinet meeting of Lancashire County Council approved the process for commissioning the potential new school.

Commenting on the news, Mr Evans said: “I’m very pleased that the consultation on the proposed new primary school for Clitheroe has now opened. While primary schools in areas such as Barrow and Whalley have increased their provision of school places in recent years, Clitheroe has been playing catch-up.

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"The Standen Estate will have over 1,000 houses, and a new school is vital both for catering to the new estate, but also to ensuring that other primary schools in Clitheroe do not face too much pressure for places in the future.

“There is only a short window for people to submit their responses by the time the consultation closes on January 15th and I encourage as many people as possible to have their say to ensure that Clitheroe gets the school places that it needs.”

The new school would be located on the Higher Standen Estate in Clitheroe, as part of the development site of over 1,000 houses. It would have a single form for each year group and could open from as early as 2023, with provision for a total of 210 pupils."