Councillors back Doncaster school places proposals

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Councillors have agreed to proposoals to ensure enough school places for future generations of children in Doncaster.

Doncaster Council’s ruling cabinet backed a report this morning calling for action to avoid a major shortfall of places.

The town is facing a number of school place shortage ‘hotspots’ because of a surge in the birthrate over the last 10 years, and council bosses are urging the Government to provide extra money to help solve the problem.

Doncaster Council bosses say they are seeing a significant increase in the number of full primary schools and many reception classes are full.

Of the 91 primary schools with reception classes, eight are exceeding their official admission numbers, 40 are at their admissions level, and six are within five per cent of it.

The authority says there are eight potential hotspots - the feeder schools which feed Armthorpe, Balby, Campsmount, Don Valley, Hall Cross, Hatfield, Hungerhill and Ridgewood.

Of these areas three are facing ‘extreme pressures’ - Armthorpe, Balby and Hatfield.

A report, which went before the council’s cabinet today, stated: “It is anticipated that any further development in these areas will trigger the need for additional primary school places.”

Coun Nuala Fennelly, cabinet member for education, said: “This project is about planning ahead and making sure we have provision in the right places so that we achieve educational outcomes. In the next financial year we are creating around 300 extra primary places and will continue to review the situation.”

The recommendations were given the go-ahead by the cabinet.