Primaries to provide extra baby boomer places

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FOUR Sheffield primary schools are to take in extra pupils from next September - as part of a plan to cope with the city’s baby boom.

Tinsley Nursery and Infant School will have eight extra places for three years starting in 2012, with the youngsters starting in reception.

After that, a decision will be taken on whether the changes should be made permanent.

There will also be 30 new spaces for reception youngsters at Darnall’s Acres Hill Primary School.

But they will be provided for one academic year only.

Plans are still being drawn up to create even more places at Hinde House Primary School in Wincobank, and at Hillsborough Primary School, also from September 2012.

Both schools are expected to take in 15 extra children each to begin with.

Detailed designs are now being drawn up to ensure each school has sufficient space for extra classes.

The four Sheffield suburbs have been identified as being areas where there is already the greatest pressure on school places.

The aim of the move is to ensure that families are still able to find a place for their children at the school which is nearest to their homes.

Parents have been consulted on the plans and most were in favour.

But some concerns were expressed about increased class sizes and the difficulty of attracting good quality staff.

In Hillsborough, some parents unsuccessfully argued for extra places to be provided at Marlcliffe Primary instead of at Hillsborough Primary School .

But their plea was rejected by the council.