A public consultation will start next week on Leeds City Council’s plans to expand six primary schools to meet increasing demands for new school places.
Council chiefs say proposed new housing developments – which could see 70,000 new homes built in the city between now and 2026 – will add to existing pressures on schools.
At a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board, senior councillors agreed public consultation will run from February 25 to March 29.
The board also approved a consultation to expand the city’s provision of education for children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
And members rubber-stamped a £9.4m scheme to expand and re-build Morley Newlands Primary School. The executive board approved public consultations on the following proposals:
* To expand Allerton Bywater Primary School from 210 pupils to 420, with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 60.
* To expand Asquith Primary School at Morley from 210 pupils to 420, with an increase in the admission number from 30 to 60.
* To expand St Francis Catholic Primary School, Morley, from a capacity of 154 pupils to 210, with an increase in the admission number from 22 to 30.
* To expand East Ardsley Primary School from 315 pupils to 420 with an increase in the admission number from 45 to 60.
* To expand Robin Hood Primary School from 315 pupils to 420 with an increase in the admission number from 45 to 60.
* To lower the age range of Hollybush Primary School at Bramley from five to 11 to three to 11.
If given the go ahead, each expansion would take place from September 2014.
Coun Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services, said: “Before making these decisions we must ask for the views of the public to gauge opinion as well as consulting with head teachers and governors at the schools involved.”