New school to be sited at police station

The former Tyldesley police station, which is being transformed
The former Tyldesley police station, which is being transformed
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A FORMER police station is to be transformed into a new school teaching young people with special educational needs.

The Advanced Childcare group is carrying out extensive refurbishments on the former Tyldesley station, which has not been used since Greater Manchester Police (GMP) closed the building in 2006.

The former station, on Shuttle Street, will be run as an independent school and was originally set to open last month, though delays to the refurbishment work means the opening date is yet to be confirmed.

Advanced Childcare leased the site off Crystal Property, which bought it in 2011 and carried out alterations including renovating the building’s main entrance and all the windows.

The organisation runs more than 150 children’s homes across the country providing care and education for young people with the aim of helping them to live independently.

Marketing manager Hayley Blackwell said: “The size and layout of the school allows us to tailor the educational experience of young people with special educational needs to their individual interests, including vocational education.”

The large site, with a building of more than 4,500 square feet sitting on half an acre of land, was one of four stations in the borough shut down by GMP as part of the force’s ongoing attempts to reduce costs.

Advanced Childcare have now been given a six-year lease to operate the new school by Crystal, which also bought the Wharf Mill retail park in Wigan earlier this year.