Leeds will run out of secondary school places by 2017 – and the city needs seven new high schools to cope with demand.
A new report reveals pressure on school places in the city – fuelled by a booming birth rate in recent years and an influx of new residents to the city – is already reaching the secondary level.
The YEP has reported in recent weeks that Leeds City Council is forging ahead with a major plan to expand the city’s primary schools to plug a shortfall of 4,000 places.
However a report to be presented to the city’s Children and Families scrutiny board later this week suggests that potential problems are already filtering through beyond the early education years.
The report says: “By 2017 there will not be any spare places across the city.
“Seven new secondary schools will be required across the city to accommodate this pressure, depending on whether existing schools can expand their admissions.”
It adds that for secondary places, the effects of the recently booming birth rate has already been seen in the south of the city, for September 2013 admissions to year seven.
The report also reveals that Harehills, Beeston, Burmantofts and Stanningley are the city’s school place shortage hotspots. The four areas are the ones expected to have the most demand for primary school places in the coming years.
A total of 50 primary school forms of entry are required to manage the city’s expected increase in pupil numbers, with 22 new classes required for next year alone.
The proposed expansions are purely based on birth rates, and do not account for any proposed, as yet unbuilt housing. A breakdown of all the areas of the city and their relative school places shortages will be presented to the committee this Thursday.