Primary places expansions set for go-ahead

The go-ahead is set to be given to schemes expanding places at two oversubscribed schools in the Mossley Hill area of Liverpool.

Liverpool currently has enough primary school places, but not in the areas of greatest demand. This is due to a rising birth rate and ongoing regeneration which means more people are moving into some areas of the city.

The Cabinet is being asked on Friday 19 May to award contracts to Kier Construction for a £3.5 million scheme to expand Liverpool College and a £1.2 million project at Sudley Infant School.

At Liverpool College, nine new classrooms will be built plus a kitchen, creating an additional 27 places per year.

At Sudley Infant School, a new form of entry will enable the school to take 30 additional pupils per year with the addition of three new classrooms, a learning resource base, extra toilets and storage.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small, said: “It’s great that we’re seeing more people moving in to the city, but it is vital parents have a good chance of getting their child into a nearby school of their choice.

“We are taking action now to tackle the areas where we know there is the greatest demand to alleviate some of the pressure.

“The schools that we have identified meet the Government’s very strict criteria for this funding including being ranked as good or outstanding by Ofsted and on a solid financial footing.”

Sudley Infant School is consistently oversubscribed, with 318 applications for 90 places in September 2016.

The Liverpool College scheme would be subject to final approval by the Education Funding Agency and planning permission, with work getting underway in June and being completed by April 2018.

At Sudley Infant School, work would start in July with the scheme completed by February 2018.

Work is also set to get underway on expanding Monksdown Primary in Norris Green. There have already been additional classes created at Dovedale Community Primary, Christ the King Catholic Primary, St Anne’s Catholic Primary, Smithdown Community Primary, St Silas Church of England Primary and St Cleopas Church of England Primary.

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