Brinsworth Academy: School on Sheffield and Rotherham border to expand to meet growing demand

A ‘successful and popular’ Rotherham school is set to expand, after seeing a ‘significant increase’ in pupil numbers.

Brinsworth Academy could increase its capacity to accommodate 1,637 pupils as council bosses try to cope with growing demand for secondary school places.

A report to RMBC’s cabinet states that the school is ‘currently oversubscribed and the trend is set to continue in future years’, and a higher number of pupils are expected to apply for places following the opening of the new Waverley Junior Academy in September 2020.

It seeks approval to allocate £1.7m in Department of Education funding to increase the school by 150 places – 30 per year group.

The report adds that a "build programme" is expected to begin in November 2022, subject to planning approval.

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A number of concerns raised during the consultation have been addressed in the report, including lack of space at lunchtimes, extra staff parking, school transport, and extra pupils for “existing staff to deal with”.

An ‘additional building’ will be designed to incorporate additional work and welfare facilities, and staff parking will be ‘considered by Planning Board as part of the planning application process’.

‘Timetabling adjustments’ have been made to address concerns regarding space at mealtimes, and extra staff will additional staff will be employed.

The report adds that a ‘build programme’ is expected to begin in November 2022, subject to planning approval.

If approved, additional pupils will be accepted from September 2023.