Plans to build a £17 million super school for 1,200 children aged two to 16 on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium have sparked comments from readers of The Star.
Planning permission for the £16.7m academy school with community hub is set to be sought in a matter of weeks after Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore approved the decision for the scheme to progress.
The 1,222-place early years, primary and secondary school campus has been described as ‘state-of-the-art’ and could even house a university technical college.
Proposals were put in place in response to an identified need for more school places in the area, with funding sourced from a £13.4m central government grant and the remainder from the council’s capital schools budget.
But readers took to www.thestar.co.uk and social media to air their views on the idea - with some calling the scheme a ‘white elephant’ and others disputing the need for a school in the area at all.
“Good idea for a school but don’t really agree with where it has been located,” said Nasar Raoof
“White elephant. Chocolate fireguard. Doomed from the start. Only in Sheffield,” commented Justin Breedon
“I think this must be a joke, the stadium could not be kept open, they had no money, so where is it coming from if a school was to be built?” asked Patricia White.
“Is there any need for a school in the Lower Don and Attercliffe? And where is the playing field going to go?” asked Ian Barrett
“Shouldn’t schools be built near houses and communities?
“Rather than promoting more traffic on the roads.
“How about improving and extending the schools we currently have?” suggested Sam Bindley.
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