New Sheffield schools planned to deal with 'baby boom'

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Two new primary schools are to be built and opened in Sheffield by 2014 to cope with an increase in pupils.

The council said a baby boom in the north east of the city meant schools in the area had become oversubscribed.

It is proposed the schools would be built on Skinnerthorpe Road and on the former Watermead school site.

The schools would be set up as academies and the council said it would be looking for a suitable academy trust to run them.

'Strong local voice'

Talks with residents will take place in December and January to listen to local views, the authority said.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: "We know that parents and carers having a direct involvement in schools has a massive effect in driving up standards.

"That is why it is absolutely essential that we provide the extra places that are needed and ensure there is a strong local voice and character within this process."

The council's cabinet is expected to approve the plans at a meeting on 21 November.

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