Secondary school in Chester area set for complete rebuild

A high school located near Chester is set to undergo a total rebuild, with the aim of increasing its capacity and providing pupils with a floodlit pitch for sports.

Education chiefs are aiming to build a new Neston High School, presently at Raby Park Road, using a site that is currently home to the school’s playing field.

These plans would see the existing building demolished and the vacant space used for the new sports pitch and a car park.

While this would certainly represent a major undertaking, there are firms that can offer services like turfing in Chester, to ensure that the process goes according to plan.

The planning proposals look likely to get the go ahead, when the planning committee put together by Cheshire West and Chester Council meets to discuss them soon, ensuring that work should be able to get underway within the next few months.

A document outlining the proposal has been given to this committee and states that the new school building would be large enough to accommodate up to 1,750 pupils – compared with the 1,689 attending the existing facility – and would also enable a slight staff increase from 172 to 177.

This document adds that the intended design would offer provision for 1,350 pupils within the 11-16 age range, as well as 400 aged over 16, before stating:

“The redevelopment of the school involves the construction of a new three-storey school building at the eastern side of the existing school site, close to the boundary with the green belt.”

It would also lead to work for local firms, including those handling paving in Chester, ensuring a boost to the economy.

The expected completion date for all of the work – from the construction of the new school to the demolishing of the old one and redevelopment on that site – is April 2018.