PLANS for hundreds of new primary school places in Leeds to meet a severe shortage have been given an £8.3 million boost this week.
Education bosses have rubber-stamped a £7.2m injection of cash to build a new two-form entry school in Beeston, on the former site of South Leeds Sports Centre, which was demolished last year..
The new Lane End Primary School, which is due to open in September 2014, will be housed in a temporary location until the new building is completed for September 2015.
The new school building - which will sit on the Hunslet and Beeston boundary - will eventually have 14 classrooms.
Meanwhile Leeds city council’s executive board have also given the green light this week to £1.1m of cash to expand Robin Hood Primary School from 315 places to 420. The money will pay for expansion of the building, to make it ready in time for the September 2014 intake.
As previously reported in the YEP, the council is currently pushing forward with a multi-million pound, wide ranging primary schools expansion plan to deal with a dire need in the city for more early years school places. The Basic Needs programme has seen more than 1,100 new reception places approved since 2009.
A report just approved by the executive board says the expansions are a response to the city’s “demographic growth pressures in primary school provision”.
“The rapidly increasingly birth rate in Leeds has required Leeds city council to approve over 1,118 new reception places since 2009 in order that it fulfils its statutory duty to ensure sufficiency of school places,” the report says.
>The council is also set to publish a new statutory notice informing people of plans to increase the capacity of Farsley Westroyd Infant School from 180 pupils to 210 , and to raise the upper age limit from seven to 11. At the same time, Farsley Springbank Junior School would also increase from 240 to 420 spaces, and the lower age limit would change from seven to four from September 2015.
The statutory notice follows a consultation in July last year, which revealed 65 percent of people were for the proposals, and 35 per cent against.