Wednesday 9 December 2015

Council leaders want to thank all those who took part in the consultation over plans to increase the number of school places across Sheffield.

Over 1,400 responses were submitted as part of Sheffield City Council’s consultation over plans to build two new secondary schools in the north east and south west of the city and to potentially increase the number of primary school places there too.

The proposals were aimed at meeting the growing population needs, which are acute in particular areas of the city.

The consultation ended last month and the council will take a few weeks to go through all the submissions before coming to a decision over the school places at some point in the new year.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “It was great to see so many people submit their ideas and views to this consultation. We always said we wanted to make sure everyone had the chance to have their voices heard as part of this process. In fact not only were they heard, we also acted on what people were telling us as we went through the consultation, by adding further options in after people told us what they wanted to see. We have been open about the need for more school places in the city and why we need to build more schools and increase capacity at others.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part. We will now listen to your views as we go through the next stages of the decision making process.”

She added 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.

Options put forward during the process included plans to build a school on the Bannerdale Centre site. The council also extended the process to allow time for people to give their views on these options.

The next steps will be for the council to thoroughly review all the proposals before coming to a conclusion in the new year. This will follow recommendations given by council officers to the Cabinet for their final decision.

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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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