26th Feb, 2020

County in good shape on school places

Malvern Editorial 11th Aug, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is in a ‘strong position’ to meet the growing number of school places needed across the county, a new report has revealed.

The Department of Eduction (DfE) has published its latest report which shows the authority had a ten per cent increase in primary aged pupils since 2009.

The ‘snapshot’ data also showed council bosses in Worcesteershire had provided 1,270 additional school places and have planned to deliver a further 1,750 places across the county.

It is currently predicted more housing, especially for urban areas, will increase pressure on primary places but proposals are being prepared to expand existing schools or create new schools, depending on the size of housing expansions.

Coun John Campion, cabinet member for children and families, said: “The council has invested significant resources to expand schools to cater for the growing number of school places across the county.

“Data has shown that we are in a good position to meet needs and with the currently completed, planned or proposed expansion projects we’re not expecting any shortfall.

“It’s great to see that our achievements compare so positively with the rest of the country and that the places we are provided are of high quality for the pupils across Worcestershire.”

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