Leeds & West Yorkshire

Four Leeds schools to expand after pupil numbers rise

Four Leeds schools are to be expanded by September 2012 at a cost of £9.5m due to a rise in pupil numbers, Leeds City Council has said.

The council said expansion was "vital" due to a rising birth rate and more families moving into parts of the city.

New buildings will be built at Roundhay High and Carr Manor High, which will both become "through schools", taking pupils from four to 18 years old.

Extensions will be built at Bracken Edge and Wykebeck primaries.

Leeds City Council's executive board agreed the investment as part of a city-wide programme to meet the demand for primary age school places.

'Real boost'

Roundhay High will receive £4.4m and Carr Manor High will receive £2.5m to construct new buildings to accommodate primary age pupils.

Wykebeck Primary will receive £1.58m for an extension to increase capacity from 315 to 420 pupils.

The extension will include community facilities with a separate entrance to replace the former South Gipton Community Centre.

A total of £936,000 will be spent at Bracken Edge primary to expand it from 315 to 420 pupils.

Judith Blake, executive member for children's services, said the investment would provide a "real boost" to education in the city.

Mrs Blake said the council would work closely with the affected schools to keep the transition "as smooth as possible".

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