DOZENS of extra primary school places are to be created in Hyde next year to meet the growing demand from parents, following calls for extra places from MP Jonathan Reynolds.In recent months Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has been contacted by a number of parents who have struggled to find places for their children in local schools in Hyde.
He has had a series of meetings with council officials at Tameside Council to press the case for the additional places. And now – following public consultation – the council has drawn up plans to increase the number of places at Flowery Field and Godley primary schools.
According to proposals that have been drawn up by Tameside Council – which will need to be agreed by the Council later this month - there will be an extra 30 places at Godley and 30 places at Flowery Field.
These places will be added as one-off ‘bulge’ classes to cope with the additional need resulting from a mini baby boom and they will go some way to relieve the pressure on primary school places.
Any decision to increase places in future years would be taken after similar public consultation in future years.
Commenting on the proposals, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds said: "Choosing a primary school place is an important decision for any parent – and most parents want their children to be able to go to a school that is close to their home.
"In recent months I have been contracted by a number of parents who have struggled to find a school place for their child in Hyde. This has been a stressful experience for them and I have been keen to press the case for additional primary school places with the council.
"I am pleased that following public consultation the council has now drawn up plans that will address the current shortage of places, by introducing extra places at Godley and Flowery Field primary schools.
"This is an important step towards making sure there are enough primary school places – but it’s important that the council continue to monitor the situation to make sure our schools match our population and birth rate."
The additional places have not been allocated on a permanent basis because the current surge is not expected to be permanent but to fall back in future years.
Published 2 April, 2012