“In a week when Saddleworth School has been designated as a National Support School it is so frustrating that once again the new building has been delayed by a technicality completely outside the control of those who work and learn at the school.
The Saddleworth team is fantastic. We will of course make the most of what we have and the prestigious designation from the National College of Teaching and Leadership is further evidence of that. However, pupils and staff deserve more. They deserve to learn and work in a fit for purpose building.
Everyone recognises that the current building is falling apart. This further delay means yet another generation of children will miss out through no fault of their own. I would like to thank parents, the Council, The Education Funding Agency, local partner primary schools and not least the children for their faith, patience and determination to get the new school built.
We will of course support the Council and I will be pushing to get the job done. I get asked on a daily basis “Sir, will we still be here when the new school opens?” I only wish I could answer that question with a level of certainty.
This whole saga has gone on far too long. We need to get the new school built and give the pupils the facilities that they deserve.”