The number of pupils in the city’s primary schools could soar by more than 11,000 in the next three years meaning more than 4,000 new places have to be provided.
The huge figures have emerged as town hall bosses nationally warn that almost half the school districts in England could have more primary pupils than places in just two years.
A Local Government Association (LGA) report has warned that the numbers of primary school pupils in Leeds will rise to 69,641 by 2016/17. There is currently capacity for just over 65,000 pupils.
The LGA report shows the demand for extra places in Leeds is greater than the rest of the Yorkshire region combined.
Several parts of the city are also listed in a national league table of areas facing the most acute pressure for new school places.
Woodhouse, Stanningley, Kirkstall, Ardsley and Tingley are all listed in areas where demand will outstrip the number of places by 2015/16. In Woodhouse there will be 1,002 primary age pupils competing for 690 places, according to the LGA.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for children’s services, said: “Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority in Leeds and we have been working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.
“We have estimated that between now and 2015/16 the demand for primary places in Leeds will increase by 11,745. We have an ongoing city-wide school expansion programme in place to meet the increased demand for primary-age places, and through this programme the council has already approved 1020 new reception places since 2009, including two new primary schools and creating two ‘through’ schools.”
The increase has been caused by rising birth rates which mean the numbers entering reception classes in primary school each year is now much larger than the size of year groups at the end of the city’s secondary schools .
A report to the council’s north east areas’ inner committee this week said that as many as seven new secondary schools could be needed by 2017. Last month the council secured government funding to expand seven existing schools creating an extra 1,250 school places by 2015.
Nationally the LGA chairman David Simmonds said councils were facing “unprecedented pressures”, leaving schools to face a “desperate shortage” of places in the near future.