Plan to expand primary school places in Leeds

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Education chiefs are hoping to expand three Leeds primary schools in a bid to cope with the city’s rising birth rate.

A public consultation is currently under way about proposals to increase the number of places at Guiseley Infant and Nursery, Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary and St Oswald’s C of E Junior schools.

The plans are part of a city-wide scheme to create hundreds of new places in schools across Leeds to cope with increase demand for reception places.

The latest proposals will see Pudsey Primrose Hill expanded from 315 pupils to 420 pupils by increasing the admission number from 45 to 60 in September 2015.

The upper age limit at Guiseley Infant and Nursery School would be changed from ages three to seven to ages three to 11 in a bid to boost its capacity from 270 pupils to 420.

Lower age limits at St Oswald’s Church of England Junior School would be extended from ages seven to four to create space for 420 pupils in total.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said: “The increased demand for primary school places means we have to reassess the size of certain schools to ensure there will be places available to every child.

“We want Leeds to be the best city to grow up in and since education is such a massive part of every child’s life, it is vital that we provide children with the best possible start to their learning.

“These expansions will mean more children in these areas can access good quality education in their communities.”

A meeting about the plans will be held at Guiseley Infant and Nursery School on Wednesday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 18.

Sessions will be held at Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary on Thursday, June 13, and Thursday, June 20.

Further meetings will be held at St Oswald’s, in Guiseley, on Tuesday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 25.

The formal consultation period ends on July 12 before the council’s executive board makes a decision on the proposals later this year.

If the proposals are given the green light the new changes to places at the schools could be implemented by September 2015.

For more information about the latest consultation, visit www.leeds.gov.uk

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