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Work to create over 1,100 new primary places set to begin

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2016

FINAL plans to create over 1,100 new primary school places are set to be approved by Leicester City Council.

The £3.7milllion project will pay for work at existing city primary schools and will create 1,146 new places for pupils.

Around 40 schools will have existing rooms converted and remodelled to accommodate more classes. Work will include refurbishment and alteration works to existing rooms in schools, such as library spaces, ICT rooms, community rooms and additional dining and kitchen facilities.

Eight schools will have new mobile classrooms installed to provide additional, flexibile classroom space. These include Marriott, Shenton, Spinney Hills, St Matthews, St Mary’s Fields, and Taylor Road primary schools, along with Catherine infant and junior schools and Overdale Infants School.

The council needs to create more pupil places due to rising birth rates and an increase in the number of families moving into the city.

Work is set to begin in the summer and will be phased over the next two academic years. It will be paid for with cash from the government’s basic need fund which is provided to all local authorities to support provision of extra school places.

Over the last four years the city council has already created 4,500 additional primary pupil places as a result of over £30milllion investment at 23 schools.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor for children and schools, said: “This work will allow us to quickly and effectively address the pressure we are now seeing for school places in the central area of the city.

“We have worked very closely with schools to see where we can expand the number of places available. They have been absolutely fantastic in helping us arrive at a range of solutions which will create a significant number of new places for primary pupils.

“This will help ensure that even more families can secure a place at a preferred school in the city.”  

This year, the city council was able to offer 95 per cent of children starting school this autumn a place at one of their preferred schools.

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A final decision on the investment on new primary places is due to be made on Thursday, June 16.