Published on Sunday, 15th November 2015

The supply of school places is set to get even tighter despite substantial investment by the council. As the table above shows, the number of surplus spaces in year R is set to drop from 50 this year to 20 in 2019/20, in year 3 from 104 to 45 and in year 7 from 263 to a deficit of 29. This is despite millions being spent on creating new primary places - including at Craneswater Junior. The council has also done a deal with King Richard’s school, Paulsgrove, which will see it put in over £1m to boost the capacity of the school when it is rebuilt by the government from 900 to 1000; the new building has a smaller footprint and some land will be returned to the council as a quit pro quo.

 

It’s too early to say whether any money will be available to create further new spaces next year, but things are going to be tight for a while. The latest figures show a small drop in the birth rate over the last two years, so there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

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