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Leeds parents join forces in school places row

Parents and pupils at Guiseley Infant and Nursery School campaigning outside their school last year.

Parents and pupils at Guiseley Infant and Nursery School campaigning outside their school last year.

Campaigners in west Leeds joined forces to ask education chiefs to rethink how they deliver school expansion plans.

Parents and residents from Farsley, Horsforth and Guiseley will see the number of school places in their areas increased.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed last year that the number of pupils in primary schools in Leeds could soar by more than 11,000 in the next three years – meaning more than 4,000 new places have to be provided.

The proposals will see Westroyd Infant School, in Farsley, expand pupil numbers by 30 and Springbank Junior School, in Farsley, by 180 pupils, with both schools becoming primary’s accepting children between the ages of 4 and 11.

Broadgate Primary, in Horsforth, will be expanded from 210 pupils to 420 pupils with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 60 from September 2015.

St Oswald Church of England Junior School and Guiseley Infant School are to pursue proposals to convert both schools to two forms of entry primary schools, each with an admission number of 60 into reception class each year, with effect next year.

Leeds City Council’s executive board gave the green light yesterday for the proposals for additional school places to be brought forward.

Campaigners raised concerns about the consultation and the impact on the traffic infrastructure.

They are calling on the council to re-examine the way they deliver their consultations.

A report to the board added: “These proposals have been brought forward to meet that need, and following the appropriate consultation we now seek to move them to the next stage.

“They would ensure that children in Leeds would have the best possible start to their learning, and so deliver our vision of a child friendly city.

“The additional places are required to ensure the authority meets its legal requirement to ensure sufficiency of primary provision for September 2015.”

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