Pudsey: Greenside school expansion will cost £426,000

11 March 2019

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Council documents have revealed the £426,000 cost of temporarily increasing the number of pupils at Pudsey Greenside Primary School.

As previously reported, the school is expanding for a minimum of seven years to manage a temporary increased intake of pupils from 45 to 60.

Greenside increased to a two-form entry school in September 2017, but last year Leeds City Council scrapped proposals to permanently expand the school due to changes in demand.

Education chiefs have now agreed to spend £426,595 on two temporary classrooms to ensure sufficient space to effectively deliver teaching and learning.

In July 2017 The Dispatch reported how the plans could leave Leeds City Council with a bill £1.8 million higher than originally expected, at around £4.3 million. And in June 2018 we reported how more than 40 local residents had objected to proposals for a multi-use games area on green space on the reorganised site.

The report acknowledges previous ‘costs and planning difficulties’ at the site and adds:

“Since the original proposal and the decision to permanently expand the school, the projected demand for school places in the area has shifted, linked to changes in parental preference patterns, and pupil movement out of the area.”

The report can be read in full here.

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