Two new Sheffield secondary schools to built by 2018

Plans to build two new secondary schools to meet the growing demand for places are expected to be given the go-ahead.

Tuesday, 9th February 2016, 15:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 12:22 pm
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council

One of the schools for pupils aged 11 to 18 would be built on the car park of the Bannerdale Centre in Ecclesall, according to proposals to be discussed by Sheffield Council’s cabinet on Wednesday, February 17.

The other would be built on the former Pye Bank school site, Burngreave, providing education for two to 18-year-olds.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “ Both schools will open in 2018 and also be open for community use. People were concerned about air quality and traffic congestion, so these plans have been drawn up with those issues in mind.

“We will protect open spaces and ensure we do not exacerbate those issues.

“The Pye Bank school building is a listed building which is currently empty.

“During the consultation process, parents and carers liked the idea of having a through school as studies show that leads to less bullying, a more nurturing environment and high attainment.”

The council received more than 1,400 responses during consultation – one of the biggest ever.

Ecclesall Infant School and Silverdale Secondary School will also be temporarily expanded to meet the urgent need for places that will arise in September this year, while the new schools are being built.

Caterknowle Junior School, Holt House Primary School and Clifford Primary School will be unchanged following many requests from parents.

In the next three years, it is also expected Ecclesall Infant School will be expanded and become a junior and infant school as the demand for places grows.

Coun Drayton added:“I would like to thank everybody who has been involved.

“It’s great to know that so many people in the city care about education.

“These decisions are a direct result of us having listened and acted on what parents, residents and schools told us they wanted.

“If the decision is to proceed, we must then work with the Department for Education to ensure we get outstanding sponsors.

“We want the best for every school and every child.”

If the proposals aregiven the green light by cabinet, they will then be put before the planning committee, allowing local people another chance to have their say.