THE merger and expansion of eight primary schools in Crewe and Nantwich will go ahead next January.
As the Chronicle went the press, the executive board of Cheshire County Council was expected to give the go ahead to plans drawn up as part of the controversial Transforming Learning Communities strategy.
The proposals will see Underwood West Infant and Junior schools merge to form one school using the current buildings, while Broad Street Infant and Church Coppenhall Junior schools will join together at a new purpose-built facility on the Church Coppenhall site.
Similarly, Gainsborough Infant and Junior schools will become one, eventually moving to new buildings on the junior school site.
Pear Tree Primary School in Nantwich will expand to accommodate 210 pupils, with Weston Primary School also enlarged to 270 places.
No decision has yet been taken on the proposed closures of Lodgefields Primary School at Crewe, St Oswald's CE School at Worleston and Buerton Primary School, or the merger of Victoria Technology College and Coppenhall High School in Crewe.