Cabinet supports school place plan

Hall Cross School is under threat of closure. (Picture: Liz Robinson D2969LR)
Hall Cross School is under threat of closure. (Picture: Liz Robinson D2969LR)
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Councillors have agreed to proposals to ensure enough school places for future generations of children in Doncaster.

Doncaster Council’s ruling cabinet backed a report 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.

Council bosses are now urging the Government to provide extra money to help education bosses 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.

A report, which went before the council’s cabinet aimed at tackling the problem, was given the go-ahead.