SCHOOL teachers face a classroom crisis as pupil numbers boom.
Across the city primary schools are facing a growing problem as they seek to make way for more and more pupils.
Over the last four years Leeds has seen a 313 per cent increase in the number of pupils attending classrooms above the previous 30-pupil legal limit.
The Labour Party has pointed to Government figures which it says shows that in one Leeds school alone, Greenhill Primary, there was at one point 63 pupils in one class.
One head teacher has now called for councils to once again be given the power to open new schools where needed.
Stephen Watkins, head teacher at Mill Field Primary School in Leeds, said he refused to take pupils if it would push classroom sizes above 30.
Mr Watkins said he felt the issue must be addressed at a national level, calling for a change to rules which mean local authorities such as Leeds are responsible for admissions policy but lost the power to build new schools.
He said: “We are getting bigger and bigger primary schools now, there are some with 600 pupils in them, and as a head teacher of 30 years I think that is too big.
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