Next stage begins on £50m new schools plan for Sheffield

The former Pye Bank School building which is one of the sites beiong considered for a new secondary school'Picture Dean Atkins
The former Pye Bank School building which is one of the sites beiong considered for a new secondary school'Picture Dean Atkins
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Consultation on building two new schools in Sheffield to cope with demand will begin after a report was agreed today.

A 750-place school is being proposed on the site of the former Pye Bank school on Woodside, Burngreave, while a 1,200-place school is being planned for the Holt House area for 2018.

Yesterday Sheffield Council’s cabinet agreed a report on an ‘ambitious’ £50m programme to meet demand for extra school capacity.

Consultation will also now begin on proposals to create an extra 60 high school places across the city and another 210 primary school places.

The plans came about after the controversy surrounding places at Dobcroft school in Millhouses.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “This for me proves that we listen.

“We came, in a consultation to what we thought was the best solution and people told us they weren’t happy, so we went back to the drawing board, we worked with schools, headteachers, parents and the community to come up with these plans which I think are very exciting and will ensure that we not only have new schools in the area but that we have great schools.”

The consultation will run over the summer holidays and a report will be brought back to cabinet in September on the results - when a decision could be made to press on with the schemes.

If the plans do go ahead, an additional 60 secondary places will be created by 2017 at Hinde House Secondary, in Wincobank, Firth Park Academy, Shirecliffe’s Parkwood Academy and Fir Vale School.

In the south-west of the city, a further 60 places could be created at Silverdale School, Bents Green, by 2017, while temporary places at Silverdale and Newfield Secondary School, in Norton Lees, would make a further 90 places for 2016-17.

Another 210 primary school places also need to be created, either through expanding existing schools or creating a new school.

Reports to cabinet say proposals include the permanent expansion of Ecclesall Infant School, changing the age range at Clifford Infant School to become a thorough primary and merging Holt House with Carterknowle Junior school.

The total estimated cost of the proposals outlined is around £50m, the report added.