Plans to unite school pupils

Gleadless Primary School's junior department, on Hollinsend Road, Gleadless, Sheffield

Gleadless Primary School's junior department, on Hollinsend Road, Gleadless, Sheffield

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Youngsters will no longer have to cross a road for lunch if plans for a new school building are given the go-ahead.

Proposals to create a joint facility for the infant and junior departments of Gleadless Primary School will go before Sheffield Council on Tuesday.

Currently, the departments – previously separate schools – are on two sites, on either side of Hollinsend Road.

A report by planning officers, to members of the council’s planning and highways committee, said: “The junior, and nursery and infants schools currently share facilities, which means at lunchtimes nursery or infant school pupils have to be escorted across Hollinsend Road to take their lunch in the junior school hall.

“This is not a satisfactory arrangement and as such a new primary school is proposed which combines the two schools on one site.”

The new school, to be built between Jaunty Lane, Hollinsend Road and Frith Road on an area containing the junior department, would be created in two stages, as funding has only been secured for phase one.

The new school would be linked to the infant facility through a new ‘entrance hub’ building.

The proposal, which is recommended for approval, will lead to the loss of part of the existing playing fields when phase two is constructed but a large majority of the existing playing fields will be retained.

A new multi-use games area, running track and pitch would be created, with the community able to access those facilities out of school hours.

One letter of objection received to the plans said the school could cause a loss of light, view and make congestion worse at pick-up or drop-off times.

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