Governors call for new school in south west Sheffield

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Governors at a Sheffield school have had their say as part of a consultation on whether it should have to take on extra pupils to deal with pressure on admissions.

An extra 30 places are being created at Dobcroft Infant School in Millhouses as a temporary measure from September, while the consultation has been looking at whether the expansion should be made permanent with extra classrooms.

The change would also impact on Dobcroft Juniors, which will need extra space for more children.

Governors at the junior school said the £2.1 million in funding proposed for the expansion should be spent on extending Ecclesall Infants by three classes, as well as building an additional junior school ‘on a suitable nearby site’.

Expanding Dobcroft would cause congestion around school gates and the surrounding neighbourhood, as well as health and safety issues, governors said.

There were also funding implications and the curriculum would be impacted by trying to cater for extra pupils, they added.

“Four form entry - 120 pupils per year - is considered by some as too big for a primary,” said the governors.

“Should the two schools become a through primary school in the future, as others have done, it will be enormous - 840 pupils on roll. This is the size of some secondary schools.”

The consultation ends on Wednesday.

The proposals will go before a meeting of Sheffield Council’s cabinet committee before a decision is made.