Sheffield winning battle for primary schools places

Work continues to the former site of Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield'Picture by Dean Atkins
Work continues to the former site of Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield'Picture by Dean Atkins
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Measures to tackle a growing demand for school places in Sheffield are paying off as more parents will be sending their children to their preferred primary school this year.

School admissions outcomes for places in reception from September show 97 per cent of children have been offered places at one of their three preferred schools – an increase of almost two per cent on last year.

Extra demand for primary school places has been increasing in recent years due to an unprecedented baby boom.

Education bosses at Sheffield Council have created more than 4,500 extra school places by expanding existing primaries, including Greystones, and commissioning new schools, including a new through school at Don Valley.

An extra 30 places have been created at Dobcroft Infant School in Millhouses for September, but the controversial plans to make the move permanent have been put on hold.

Jayne Ludlam, executive director of children, young people and families, said: “Over the last few years we have been dealing with an unprecedented baby boom here in the city, which has placed enormous pressure on our local school places.

“However, we are aware of the issues and have been working hard with schools to address this pressure and we will continue to do so in coming years.

“Parents told us this is what they wanted after pupils missed out on catchment places last year. We have listened and we have acted on this. We hope more parents than ever before will this year be left satisfied with the choices they have been given.”

More than 89 per cent – 5,583 pupils – received their first choice, compared with 87 per cent last year. Just over six per cent – 380 pupils – were offered their second preference, with one per cent – 76 children – getting their third choice. A total of 186 pupils had no preference met.