Plans go on show as Leeds school poised to double in size

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PARENTS and the general public will have a chance to have their say on plans to double the size of a Horsforth school as the town battles with a rising birth rate and a bigger population.

A number of areas across Leeds have already been earmarked as potential sites for thousands of new homes and, as Leeds City Council has an obligation to provide a school place for every child, it’s already been working with community leaders to establish how that can be achieved.

In Horsforth, an extra 30 places have already been created by redesignating Featherbank Infants School and Newlaithes Junior School as primary schools while consideration has also been given to expansion at St Mary’s Roman Catholic School.

However, in January, parents and the public were invited to drop-in sessions and to view plans for a bigger Broadgate Primary - and the results of the consultation will be on display at a public meeting at the school between 2.30pm and 5.30pm on Thursday, April 24.

If the proposals are accepted, then the school will double its intake from September, accepting another 60 new pupils instead of the usual 30.

The school roll will then expand over subsequent years until it reaches the new capacity of 420 - double the current register of 210.

Education chiefs have acknowledged new teachers will need to be recruited to maintain class sizes at no more than 30 while new buildings would also have to be constructed - some of the work likley to take place during term time as well as school holidays.

A Leeds City Council spokesman added: “We have consulted widely about the future of Broadgate Primary School since the end of last year, and now look forward to finalising the plans to expand and improve the school.”

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