Parents’ anger as pupils turned away from South Yorkshire school

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ANGRY mums are fighting to get their youngsters into a popular village school – which is bursting at the seams due to a new housing development in the area.

Eleven children have been turned away from Rotherham’s 230-place Treeton CE Primary and families are seeking the support of local MPs and parish councillors.

The council is seeking planning permission for a new temporary classroom to be installed on the site in time for the September term.

But mums say even if those plans go ahead, some youngsters will still have to go to schools in Brinsworth or Catcliffe instead.

Problems have arisen due to a 500-home development on the site of the old Treeton Colliery.

Zoe White, aged 38, of Cannonthorpe Rise, Treeton, said her four-year-old William was one of the children affected.

“We have lived in the village for seven years but most of the families affected have been here for generations and have always sent their children to the local school,” she said.

“People are angry that these developments have gone ahead but there’s been no allowance made for the school to sufficiently expand to cope with the growing community.”

Mum Helen Butler said the installation of another mobile classroom would not solve all the problems as the size of the hall, playground and eating areas would stay the same.

“Another 92 family homes are currently being built too so this problem looks like it will only get worse,” she added.

Another mother said: “We have lived in the village all our lives and this accommodation problem has been caused by the children from homes built on the pit site in the last few years, which is unfair.”

School governor Matt Hanberry, also a parish councillor, said: “The situation at the school is like a ticking time bomb, and this planned extension will only raise false hopes for the future.”

A Rotherham Council spokesman said the governors had control of the admissions process as it was a church school.

“But a planning application has been submitted for a temporary mobile classroom which would enable an increase in the admissions number from 37 to 45 children. Should this be approved, it is expected that the classroom will be available in September,” he said.

“We realise that this is a very important issue for parents and we are already in discussion with the headteacher of the school.”