Worries over lack of local school places

The portable buildings used as classrooms at Unity College, North Shore, Blackpool.
The portable buildings used as classrooms at Unity College, North Shore, Blackpool.

Worries have been raised about the impact of thousands of new homes on schools across Dinnington and the wider area.

Rotherham’s draft Local Plan has designated land for thousands of new homes over the next 15 years, and residents are currently being asked for their feedback.

The Guardian spoke to people who claimed local schools were ‘full to bursting’, and could not cope with any more children.

Three separate school in the Kiveton area have this week applied for planning permission to erect temporary classrooms.

On Tuesday night Wales Parish Council considered applications from Wales High School, Wales Primary School and Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School for modular buildings in their grounds.

Although the applications will be determined by Rotherham Council, parish councillors have the chance to comment on any proposals.

Rotherham Council said all areas of the borough were being monitored in relation to future pupil growth and plans were being developed to create extra school places to meet projected demand.