Wanted: pupils for new Sheffield schools

Coun Jackie Drayton
Coun Jackie Drayton
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Pupils are wanted for Sheffield’s two newest primary schools - which are due to open in September next year.

More than 100 extra places will be available at the schools on Skinnerthorpe Road in Fir Vale and Barrie Crescent at Shirecliffe.

They are part of an expansion programme designed to deal with a city-wide baby boom due to last until at least the end of the decade.

There will be 60 reception class places available for local children at both locations, which have provisionally been named the Oasis Academy Fir Vale and the Oasis Academy Watermead.

The Fir Vale school will also offer 30 places per year for youngsters in Years 1 to 4 and 15 places for those in Y5 and Y6.

Parents have until Friday, December 6, to apply online or until January 15 to apply in writing or over the phone for places in reception. Information about how and when to apply for a place in Years 1 to 6 will be announced at a later date.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, said: “As we have more children needing school places in the north east of the city, we announced plans to build the two new academies in November last year.

“We know making sure children are able to access good local primary schools in their community goes a long way to ensuring successful outcomes for them in the future. We also know when parents and carers get involved in schools, it helps improve standards and a sense of community spirit.”

Council leaders are keen to make sure communities get behind the new schools and have a say in how they want them to be run.

The consultation process began earlier this year with a series of public meetings to discuss plans for reception class admissions in 2014.

Figures show 96.5 per cent of parents were offered one of their three preferred schools in 2013.

If the council cannot allocate the parents’ preferred school they can appeal.

Parents will learn the outcome of their initial application next April 16.