Extra school places to meet Sheffield pupil boom

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Extra primary school places have been provided at four Sheffield schools to cope with a boom in child numbers.

Sheffield Council confirmed the measure as it revealed yesterday that more than 96 per cent of children had been allocated a place to start in September at one of the three primary schools picked by their parents.

In total, 88.77 per cent received their first choice, slightly down on last year’s figure of 89.36 per cent.

An extra 30 temporary places have been created at Greystones, Longley and Dore primaries as well as Tinsley Nursery and Infant school to cope with demand.

Two new primary schools are to open in Shirecliffe and Fir Vale from September 2014, providing an extra 840 places to meet an increase in children.

The council says it is continuing to monitor population changes and there are ‘sufficient’ places for reception classes this year.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “It can be an anxious time for any parent or carer waiting to find out which school their child has got into.

“Being happy at school makes a big difference to a child’s ability to achieve so it is essential we do all we can to help children get into a school of choice.

“I hope the result is welcome news for families.”

Children not allocated a place at any of their three preferences have been referred back to their catchment school or to the nearest site with places available.

Parents also have the right to appeal the council’s decision.