Cabinet to discuss school expansion

07/07/2020, PR-9465

​Wakefield Council's key decision makers are to discuss plans to expand a Wakefield secondary school to create additional places for pupils in the area.

The plans recommend that the published admission number at Outwood Academy City Fields should be increased from 150 to 210 permanently from September 2022 and that school buildings should be expanded to accommodate the additional pupils.

This will generate an additional 300 secondary school places in the centre of Wakefield and Wakefield West, taking the school from a capacity of 750 up to 1,050.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

​Cllr Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The expansion of Outwood Academy City Fields is the best option to make sure we have sufficient quality secondary school places available in this area, especially as demand will continue to rise."

The recommendation will enable the Council to fulfil its statutory duty to provide sufficient quality school places for all local children.

In order to achieve the required admission number the school buildings will need extending. The proposal for the school comprises of extensions, refurbishments, demolitions and the erection of a new teaching block.

The Trust will need to submit a business case to the Department for Education seeking their approval.

Members of Wakefield's Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 14 July at 10.30am. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council's website.