New secondary schools planned for Sheffield to cope with admissions crisis

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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Two new secondary schools could be built in Sheffield to cope with a rise in demand for places.

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.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families said: “All these proposals are a direct result of widespread consultation with schools and communities in the areas who have told us where the problems are and what they would want to see achieved to make it better.”

A steady rise in birth rates over the past decade has meant more children coming through primary schools.

More than 4,500 primary school places have already been created across the city, but more are needed, especially for secondary schools.

The latest proposals have been drawn up after the latest round of consultation to try and find a solution to the admissions crisis.

An additional 60 places will be created by 2017, which will be met at Hinde House Secondary, in Wincobank, Firth Park Academy, Shirecliffee’s Parkwood Academy and Fir Vale School.

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

Coun Drayton said: “We have listened to your proposals and now we want to act on them.

“This strategic vision will see two new outstanding secondary schools in a programme which recognises the aspirations of families to have access to high-quality education for their children within their local area.”

Coun Drayton said there will be widespread consultation with all parties involved, including parents and affected communities.

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.

There will also be consultation on the possible permanent expansion of Ecclesall Infant School from 60 to 90 places per year.

Clifford Infant School, Nether Edge, could become a through primary school, while Holt House Infant and Carterknowle Junior schools could merge.

The plans are expected to be agreed by members of the council’s cabinet when they meet on Wednesday, before going out for consultation.