Extra places planned at Sheffield primary schools

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people.
Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children and young people.
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Extra primary school places are set to be created in five Sheffield suburbs to cope with the city’s continuing baby boom.

Expansion plans are being put forward by the council following a three-month consultation period.

Wybourn Primary will have 15 extra places per year, while Greystones Primary and Hallam Primary at Lodge Moor will increase their annual intake of pupils to 90 per year.

Two further proposals are being recommended for approval by the council despite having run into local opposition.

Plans to temporarily expand Acres Hill Primary at Darnall have been criticised by some residents worried their estate will be unable to cope with extra traffic.

And a scheme to merge Tinsley Infant and Juniors into a new school to be sited on a recreation ground has been attacked by some residents angry about the loss of valuable green space.

Moves to create more places in the Firth Park area are being shelved for the time being pending a further review next autumn.

The council cabinet is set to approve the programme at their meeting next Wednesday.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Schools are at the heart of the community. There is no doubt that children who are able to go to their local school do better in terms of attainment and quality of life, and it’s the council’s duty to try to provide this wherever we can.

“We want to ensure all children achieve their full potential, and having access to great local schools will help them achieve this.”

A rising birth rate and an influx of families into the city from overseas has created serious pressure on the primary sector.

Already nearly 2,500 extra places have been created and more are needed.

Two brand new primary schools are being built in Shirecliffe and Fir Vale, to open later this year, and a new two-to-16 school in Darnall will open in September 2015.