Plans to increase primary places

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A baby boom means councillors in Sheffield are to consult on proposals to provide further primary school places.

Plans to increase places in five areas of the city – Wybourn, Greystones, Crosspool, Firth Park and Tinsley – are to be discussed by cabinet next Wednesday.

A steady rise in the birth rate over the past decade, as well as an increase in the number of families moving to Sheffield, has meant more children coming through into primary schools.

Already nearly 2,500 extra places have been created across the city but more are needed.

Two primary schools are also to be built in Shirecliffe and Fir Vale, opening in 2014, and a new two-to-16 school in Darnall will be operational from 2015. Each will provide 60 extra places per year group – a total of 420 additional primary places at each school.

Now the council is proposing to increase places at Wybourn Primary from 45 to 60 per year; make temporary arrangements at Greystones Primary permanent – with an increase of pupils to 90 per year – and increase intake at Hallam Primary for up to 90 pupils per year.

A new primary school for Firth Park and a replacement school in Tinsley are both possible.

If councillors decide new places are needed, discussions will take place with local communities in all five areas.