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Guiseley schools’ expansion set to be shelved
Plans to expand two Guiseley schools look set to be shelved after a campaign of opposition.
Council chiefs are being advised not to continue with the proposals for Guiseley Infant and Nursery School and St Oswald’s Junior School but instead to carry out further consultation in a bid to find a solution to the growing need for places.
A report to Leeds City Council’s executive board on September 4 will say the plans were not widely supported, and that further work is needed.
The proposals – which sparked the formation of a local action group – would have seen capacity increasing from 270 pupils to 420 pupils at Guiseley Infant and Nursery School. Its age range would have changed from three to seven to three to 11. St Oswald’s Church of England Junior School would have had its capacity expanded from 360 pupils to 420 and its age range extended from seven to 11 to five to 11 with effect from September 2015.
A report to the executive board says: “It is clear from the interest in both the consultation on expansion at Tranmere Park and this more recent consultation on Guiseley Infant and St Oswald’s Junior schools that there is no strongly favoured proposal for more places that can be achieved in the time required. There have been calls for a new school to be built but no land currently available on which to do that. It is therefore proposed that an Outcomes Based Accountability session be held early in the autumn term to include local partners from the schools, elected members and representatives from the community to consider all of the issues.”
The recommendation has been welcomed by the area’s MP Stuart Andrew.
He said: “The council proposals that would have seen Guiseley Infants and Nursery School and St Oswald’s increase their intake were simply not realistic for the future of educating children in Guiseley.
“In the past few months, I have met with concerned parents and assured them that I would continue to represent their views to the council and rigorously state that the plans were not in the best interests of Guiseley and the children at the two schools. I wrote to the council stating the parents’ objections as well as my own and I am pleased that there is a recommendation agreeing with this view.
“I urge the executive board to approve the council’s recommendations that will be put to them next week. Guiseley needs a new school building in order to meet the challenges of a growing population and this, the only feasible option, is something that our children and future generations deserve and we need to pursue.”
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