Government will decide on £7m plan to expand Outwood Academy City Fields School in Wakefield

The government will have the final say on whether or not a Wakefield secondary can expand by 300 places.
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If it goes ahead, an extra 60 students a year will be educated at the site over five years and the school buildings will be refurbished to create more space.

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But the move, which is designed to address a serious shortage of school places in Wakefield, is subject to approval from the Department of Education (DfE).

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, Councillor Margaret Isherwood said the expansion would be "sufficient" to meet growing demand.

Coun Isherwood, who is Cabinet member for children and young people, said: "We've looked at where the need (for school places) is generally and we've identified Outwood Academy City Fields.

"It's going to hopefully reduce the number of people travelling longer distances to school."

£7m of public money has been set aside for the project.

If it goes ahead, the school will be able to accommodate around 1,050 pupils, compared to its current cohort of 750.

Local Democracy Reporting Service