Council confirmation – no Portakabins for Waverley after school places shambles

Council confirmation – no Portakabins for Waverley after school places shambles

By Gareth Dennison | 24/06/2022

Council confirmation – no Portakabins for Waverley after school places shambles

 

TEMPORARY classrooms will not be used to allow Waverley children to attend school there, Rotherham Council has confirmed.

The Advertiser revealed in April that 21 kids living in the new community have missed out on places for September at Waverley Junior Academy, which only opened in 2020.

MP Alexander Stafford later presented a 2,000-signature petition to parliament calling for RMBC to bring in temporary classrooms until a permanent solution could be found.

And on Monday of this week Waverley Community Council asked RMBC’s cabinet meeting if this would be possible.

Nathan Heath, Rotherham Council’s assistant director for education, said: “To give a very specific answer, we will not be providing Portakabins at Waverley Junior Academy this year.”

Waverley council clerk Rachel Graham pointed out that RMBC’s policy was to promote sustainable travel — wanting more children walking to school rather than going by car.

Mr Heath said: “It’s right to recognise there is a very clear challenge for those children and young people who have not been accepted into Waverley.

“We have been doing a significant piece of work with the Department for Education around the forward planning.

“The DfE’s position is very clear, and they have made that consistently clear to the local authority that within the planning area of Waverley, there is available space for children and young people that are within the catchment area.

“The schools that are within and around Waverley Village and catchment are within the criteria set by the DfE.

“It’s recognised that a number of children that have not been admitted to Waverley in September may be at the wider parameters of that catchment area.

“However from the specific detailed work we’ve done around that, all children should be able to access a local catchment school.”