Wednesday 7 October 2015

 

PARENTS, carers and local residents are being encouraged to get involved with proposals to build two new secondary schools in Sheffield.

The proposed schools – one in the North East and the other planned for the South West – are a direct result of rising birth rates in the city.

Other proposals include adding more places to local and feeder primary schools to meet this demand.

A six-week consultation on these proposals has begun this week and Sheffield City Council leaders are encouraging people to come forward with their views.

No decision will be made until the consultation ends. It is expected that the decision will be announced early in the new year.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “Sheffield has a better than average record nationally for parents and carers being able to access their preferred school. At a time when the pressure on school places has become a national issue, Sheffield is leading the way in developing solutions that allow its children to continue to have access to a good quality, local school.

“I want to stress that no decisions have yet been taken. Local people’s views are vital and that is why it is very important that we hear from parents, carers and residents and that they feel part of the process of shaping the new schools.

“We have a unique opportunity here to give parents and carers what they tell us they want – by building two great new schools for the city.  These new schools, and the existing settings that will be expanded, represent the cutting edge of our drive for all Sheffield schools to be great.  We want parents, carers and residents to know that we will listen to and act on what they tell us because we want to get this right first time.”

Workshops are planned as part of the consultation and people are encouraged to book on to these. Views expressed in these events will be fed into the formal consultation. They are to be held at:

  • St Mary’s Church (Bramall Lane), Monday 19th October, 12:00-1:30pm
  • St Mary’s Church (Bramall Lane), Wednesday 21st October, 5:00-6:30pm
  • St Mary’s Church (Bramall Lane), Thursday 22nd October, 10:00-11:30am
  • St Mary’s Church (Bramall Lane), Monday 2nd November, 6:30-8:00pm
  • St Mary’s Church (Bramall Lane), Wednesday 4th November, 6:30-8:00pm

Coun Drayton added: “A steady rise in birth rates over the past decade has meant more children coming through primary schools.”

More than 4,500 primary school places have already been created across the city, but more places are needed, especially for the secondary phase.

To take part in the consultation people are encouraged to complete an online survey, or response form at www.sheffield.gov.uk/schoolplaces

To book a place at the workshop please contact the schoolreorganisation@sheffield.gov.uk or telephone 0114 2506783.

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

 

 

The consultation will focus on:

  • A proposed 750-place school in the Burngreave area and proposed 1,200-place school for the Holt House area to open in 2018
  • A proposed additional 210 primary places in the north east of the city, either through expansion of a local school, or a new primary school
  • A  proposed additional 60 Year 7 places by 2017 in the north east that will be needed before the new secondary school opens and which might be met flexibly by the four existing schools in the area – Hinde House, Firth Park, Parkwood and Fir Vale
  • The merger of Holt House Infant and Carterknowle Junior School on a single site. A possible permanent expansion of Ecclesall Infant school from 60 to 90 places per year and junior places for children at Clifford Infant school with proposals to make this a through primary school. This could be re-located to the current Carterknowle Junior school site. This in turn would free up 30 places at Ecclesall Junior school, where Clifford Infants currently transfer to for junior phase, for the expanding infant school intake.
  • A proposed further 60 places – two form entry – could also be added to Silverdale secondary school by 2016 to provide sufficient secondary places for the south west into the next decade

 

For more information please contact Emma Hollingworth, Communications, on 0114 205 3546 or 07710 737905. Email emma.hollingworth@sheffield.gov.uk

 

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