Wednesday 11 November 2015
PARENTS and carers are being given further opportunities to have their say over plans to build two new secondary schools in Sheffield.
Sheffield City Council is currently consulting over a raft of school places across the city designed to meet the growing population needs.
This includes building two new secondary schools in the city – one in the South West and another in the North East of Sheffield and extending a number of primary schools.
The council is committed to creating excellent new local schools that parents want their children to go to while also meeting its responsibilities for affordable housing, maintained green spaces and addressing traffic congestion and air pollution, within timescales and capital availability. The local authority also has a statutory responsibility to ensure best value.
Already nearly 300 responses have been sent since the council began its consultation in October. In that time a number of further options have been put forward by people around the siting of the South West school. This includes an option to build a school on the Bannerdale Centre site. All these options have now been added into the consultation
And now the council has extended the time people can give their views on these options, with the closing date for the consultation now November 27.
A revised online survey has now been published, including the new consultation options. This can be viewed and completed at www.sheffield.gov.uk/schoolplaces
Additional workshops have also been organised for the next couple of weeks to allow parents and residents to have their say on all the options.
Six workshops held so far have been attended by around 220 people. Due to the popularity of these workshops, and the fact that additional options for providing new school places have been added to the consultation, three more sessions have now been organised.
These will take place at:
- 18th November (6pm-7.30pm) – at Silverdale School in the South West
- 19th November (6.30pm-8pm) – at the Vestry Hall in Burngreave
- 24th November (6pm-7.30pm) – at Silverdale School in the South West
- 26th November (6.30pm-8pm) – at the Vestry Hall in Burngreave
Places have to be booked. To book a place at the newly-arranged workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 2506783.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It is great to see that so many people have taken part in our consultation and attended our workshops. We have always said we want parents and carers to be the ones driving this and we want to make sure all their views are heard as part of this consultation process. That is why we have chosen to extend the time people can have their say on all the options.
“Already we have added in an option parents said they wanted to see – which is a new school on the Bannerdale Centre site and it’s great to see many alternative options being put forward by local people. I’d encourage everyone to look at them and have their say on these new ideas. We want to give people time to really explore this and other options to inform the key decisions about where these schools should be. These decisions will be a direct result of us having listened and acted on what parents, residents and the wider community are telling us they want.
“Our commitment is to make sure that all children have access to places in good and outstanding schools which are local to them. Last year there were children who didn’t get into their local school because places were oversubscribed and that is something we simply don’t want families to have to go through again. The simple fact of the matter is that there aren’t enough local places for the number of children now coming through the system. We need to have these schools ready for your children by next September.
“For anyone who has gone through the school appeal process, they will know how distressing and unsettling this can be for the children and families involved. We now have this opportunity to work together and make this the best it can be for everyone.”
She added she would urge everyone who has not yet taken part in the consultation to look at the options on the website and make their own suggestions for how school places can be provided for Sheffield’s growing population.