New school is proposed in Sheffield

Parents of school children from Dobcroft Infant School, Pingle Road, are protesting about plans to expand the school. Picture: Andrew Roe
Parents of school children from Dobcroft Infant School, Pingle Road, are protesting about plans to expand the school. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Building a new secondary school and combining existing primaries are among measures being considered by council leaders to create more places for Sheffield pupils.

Earlier this year Sheffield Council ‘paused’ controversial plans to permanently expand Dobcroft Infant School in Millhouses by one class per year to ease pressure on admissions.

A series of workshops and a survey were then held, asking parents for their views.

Education chiefs are now considering a series of options. These include working with Clifford Infants on Psalter Lane, and the Diocese of Sheffield, on ways of creating junior places for children at Clifford Juniors.

The possibility of bringing Holt House Infants and Carterknowle Juniors together as a single school on one site will also be considered, along with the options for reusing the site that would be left vacant.

In addition, providing more secondary places within the area will be looked at - including the prospect of building a new secondary school.

A temporary scheme to expand Dobcroft to accommodate another 30 pupils from September is still set to go ahead.

Jayne Ludlam, the council’s executive director for children, young people and families, said: “We have a growing population across Sheffield and have already added over 4,500 primary school places to meet this need.

“We have to do something to make sure children get a chance to go to their local school.”

A report will be prepared for cabinet members next month and a consultation will be carried out during the autumn term, with a final decision due before Christmas.