Seventeen primary schools are to get extra classrooms to meet a demand for places under a £15 million scheme.
The work will create 380 places in Leicester – needed because of a rising birth rate, arrivals to the city and because more residents are expected to choose local schools over those in the county as results continue to improve.
Education bosses also believe fewer people will send their children to independent schools because of the cost.
They estimate 622 additional primary school places are needed in total by September 2015, on top of the 4,223 that exist.
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The total cost of providing all of these is estimated at £35 million.
Decisions have yet to be taken on where the remaining places would be created or where the rest of the money would come from.
Options could include building a school.
Trevor Pringle, director of young people’s services at the city council, said: “It’s important to note there will no be mobile classrooms, but high-quality, permanent teaching spaces.
“Clearly, that comes at a cost and there’s a limit to the funding available at present.”
The work will be paid for from the Basic Need Fund, given to the authority by the Government to help it make sure there are enough school places.
It will range from a £107,000 conversion of existing space at Imperial Avenue, in Braunstone, to a £1.7 million re-modelling of Alderman Richard Hallam School, in Beaumont Leys.
Work could start at some schools as early as this summer.
Councillor Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor for schools, said a number of options were being explored to determine where the other places would come from.
“We are working on a longer-term plan to address demand in areas where converting buildings or constructing classrooms is not simple or is not an option,” she said.
As well as building a school, options could include the conversion of empty council buildings, some of which are former schools.
Coun Dempster said: “I would expect to present a paper to the council on this within three months.”
The council receives Basic Need Fund cash annually. The £15 million has been