Yesterday evening Christian Wakeford submitted his petition, calling for a new high school for Radcliffe, to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education.
Mr Wakeford has been gathering signatures for his petition since February to deliver on his election pledge to secure a new high school for Radcliffe which has been without a high school since 2014.
Christian commented "The strength of feeling behind our bid for a new high school is clear and I am very grateful to all local residents who signed the petition which I have now submitted to Government.
It's wrong that a town as large as Radcliffe with a population of over 30,000 residents doesn’t have a high school. No child should have to travel several miles to another town often in the cold and in the dark to get a high quality education.
The positive impact a new school would have on students and families is clear. However, the school would also have a huge effect on footfall in Radcliffe contributing to the re-generation of the town centre with cultural facilities like a civic centre, swimming pool and sports centre following the school."
After receiving the petition Gavin Williamson said “The petition for a new high school in Radcliffe demonstrates public support for the free school currently being considered. The free school programme is bringing excellent schools to communities like this all over the country. Christian Wakeford has been campaigning hard on this issue.”
The outcome of the application for a new high school for Radcliffe is expected to be in the very near future.