Leeds highlighted as pressure point for school places

By Shaun Moloney
Thousands of extra primary school places will be needed in Leeds by 2014, as the  National Audit Office (NAO) highlights Leeds as a key pressure point.
Primary schools in the city account for over five per cent of the overall shortfall in the UK, which is thought to be 250,000 places, and Leeds City Council have estimated that around 11,745 extra primary school places will be needed to meet demand.
 
Coun Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services, said: “Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority in Leeds and we have been working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.”
 
The National Audit Office have said local planning is being affected by uncertainty over future funding for extra places.- obstructing the council’s legal obligation to provide the necessary places.
 
Coun Blake added: “There are large ongoing pressures we need to address over the next four years, including new housing developments which could see 70,000 new homes being built in the city between now and 2016.”
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