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Not enough school places for Guiseley children a ‘dilemma’
Attempts to find a solution to the shortage of school places in Guiseley were made at a ‘brainstorming’ meeting.
Parents, headteachers, governors, councillors, education officers, campaigners and the area’s MP Stuart Andrew got together to try to find a way forward.
The meeting at Leeds Town Hall looked at the issue of providing sufficient primary school places in Guiseley to meet current demand and projected increases over the next few years.
One of those attending, Guiseley and Rawdon councillor Graham Latty said: “The idea was to look at all the options, no matter how ‘off the wall’ they might seem and ranged from revisiting the expansion of the three primary schools recently consulted on, Tranmere, Oxford Road, and St Oswald’s, to a Free School, a through school, even no change – in fact nothing was ruled out.
“I went along in a very sceptical frame of mind but was very pleasantly surprised. The discussion was intelligent, in depth and very open minded.
“I came away feeling that we had certainly made significant progress and hope that the proposals that will come forward as a result will take a step nearer to solving this awful dilemma.”
Plans to expand two Guiseley schools were shelved in September after a campaign of opposition.
Council chiefs were 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.
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 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.
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