School appeals for extra space

A DENTON high school wants to create extra space for its dining hall to stop children queuing up outside for long periods.

St Thomas More has applied to Tameside Council to add another 55 square metres to its facility at the Town Lane site.

St Thomas More, Denton

It also wants to expand what is now a rubbish store and turn it into a classroom, so it can accommodate extra pupils, a number of which has already been agreed with the authority.

In its application, the board of governors at St Thomas More call for: “Expansion of the school by extending the school’s dining hall which is currently not sufficiently sized and a classroom extension to accommodate additional pupil numbers as agreed with Tameside Borough Council.

“At present existing students have to queue up under an external canopy year round for long periods of time to gain access to the dining hall.”

Planning Notice

It is hoped St Thomas More can take in extra pupils, more than its current 750, from September
There is a budget of £100,000 allocated to St Thomas More for ‘basic need’ funding schemes, and a further £134,000 from the Healthy Pupils’ Capital Fund.

Tameside Council’s speakers’ panel (planning) committee will decide whether to grant the planning permission.

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