Consultation over school places crisis in Sheffield

Parents held a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall over plans to temporarily expand Dobcroft Infant School.
Parents held a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall over plans to temporarily expand Dobcroft Infant School.
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Education chiefs are going back to the drawing board to cope with an admission crisis in schools in south-west Sheffield.

Sheffield Council is holding a series of workshops to explore the possibility of creating a new school or expanding existing primaries to cope with the baby boom.

Areas affected are covered by the catchment areas of Dobcroft, Dore, Ecclesall, Greystones, Holt House and Carterknowle, and Totley.

An extra 30 places have been created at Dobcroft Infant School, in Millhouses, for September, but the controversial plans to make the move permanent have been put on hold.

Jayne Ludlam, the council’s executive director of children, young people and families, said: “Having listened carefully to all of the issues and alternatives put forward during consultation, the council’s cabinet decided to pause on the proposal to permanently expand Dobcroft.

“It was agreed at cabinet that a further exploratory period was needed to consider all of the alternative options to increase primary school places in south-west Sheffield.

“Now we want a range of stakeholders, including parents and carers, to add their voice at these workshops in this exploratory period.

“All options will be explored further before a decision is made about which option should go forward for further consultation in the next few weeks.”

Workshops take place at Sheffield Town Hall tomorrow, from 10am to 11.30am and 6pm to 7.30pm.

Further workshops take place on Tuesday, from 9.30am to 11am and 6pm to 7.30pm, at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, Highfield.

Spaces are limited.

n To book a place, email schoolreorganisation@sheffield.gov.uk