Image of exterior of Penketh High School

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet has approved a £2.4m grant contribution for a major rebuilding programme at Penketh High School.

The funding, which will contribute to an overall significant investment in the school, will enable two of the current school blocks to be replaced, and refurbishment works to be carried on the main building to make it fit-for-purpose for 21st century education.

The refurbishment will also see an increase in places at the school from 180 to 210, including the continued offer of a designated special education provision.

Penketh High School converted to academy status in 2013 and became part of The Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) in 2017. The planned investment in the significant school improvements is part of a collaborative financial contribution from the Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) and the council.

It forms part of the plans to ensure that there is sufficient, high quality school accommodation for young people in West Warrington, with projections suggesting that growth in the secondary sector means demand for places will increase over the next five years.

Cllr Sarah Hall, Cabinet Member Children’s Services said: “This is a fantastic opportunity that will see the transformation of Penketh High School. These refurbishment works will bring huge benefits to the school, teachers and pupils, and will enable the school to become a centre of excellence for training.

“This is about investing in the future of an important school site,  providing teachers and pupils with the high quality, modern environment they need to achieve excellence in education.

“I’m delighted that the council has agreed to contribute to these works, which will support the school’s ongoing growth and development, and leave it well equipped to meet the needs of young people, now and in the future.”