Central Road Site Approved for New Didsbury School

New free school set to open in September 2015

Ewing School sign
Back to my old school: St. James’ and Emmanuel’s new school, from September 2015. This is a picture of the school from November 2013, whilst in temporary use for Birches School.


Ewing School is back!

I wouldn’t have thought in 2012 I would have said this. I would have thought the site of my old school from 1987 to 1990 would have been houses by now with cul-de-sacs. With streets like Ewing Drive, Goldsack Crescent and Petrie Place.

Instead, the Central Road site will become a new Free School. Not quite as I predicted in 2012 (a free school for SEN pupils). but a new primary school. Classes are set to begin in September 2015 with two form entry. Twenty-eight years and three months since the creator of this blog first attended on the 05 January 1987.

The sponsors of the new primary school is a partnership between the Diocese of Manchester, St. James and Emmanuel Church on Barlow Moor Road, and Didsbury CE Primary School. The bid, approved this week, is also supported by Christ Church West Didsbury and a range of industry partners.

As public transport connections go, you cannot go far wrong. The West Didsbury Metrolink stop is a short walk with regular trams to East Didsbury, Manchester city centre, Oldham and Rochdale. Bus connections are second to none with the 41 and 143 among numerous routes into Manchester. On Lapwing Lane, the 169 continues to Southern Cemetery, Longsight, Droylsden and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Since the Ewing School’s closure in August 2012, it was used by Birches School in the 2013 – 14 academic year. With sixteen pupils, this was a temporary annexe to cope with rising pupil numbers. All pupils were bussed in from the Birches site on Newholme Road to Central Road.

The Central Road site will be refurbished and purpose-built with an initial intake of 60 pupils this September. It aims to become a thriving 420 pupil school for children aged 4 to 11 years by 2022.

Further information:

S.V., 09 March 2015.


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