Pres­sure mount­ing

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DEMOUNTABLES are be­com­ing a com­mon sight as schools across Perth deal with over­crowd­ing.

As of the lat­est fig­ures from March 31, nine pri­mary schools within Ar­madale, Gos­nells and Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale had 10 or more trans­portable class­rooms in­stalled on their grounds.

Among those with the most were Har­ris­dale Pri­mary School, which ranked fifth in the state with 24, while Bletch­ley Park Pri­mary School in South­ern River also made the top 10, rank­ing sixth with 22.

Church­lands Se­nior High School tops the list with 34.

New schools still un­der con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing Piara Wa­ters’ Aspiri Pri­mary School and South­ern Grove Pri­mary School in South­ern River, were not in­cluded.

A Depart­ment of Education spokes­woman said trans­portable class­rooms were used to cater for fluc­tu­a­tions in stu­dent en­rol­ments.

“The Depart­ment mon­i­tors en­rol­ment trends at all public schools and plans for per­ma­nent fa­cil­i­ties where there is a need to have last­ing space for stu­dents into the fu­ture,” she said.

“Trends show that the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion in new sub­urbs gen­er­ally grows quickly in the first 10-15 years and then de­clines as the res­i­den­tial area devel­ops. The Depart­ment de­signs new schools to meet this growth pat­tern, us­ing trans­portable build­ings to man­age the ini­tial changes in stu­dent en­rol­ments, to re­duce un­der­util­i­sa­tion of per­ma­nent class­rooms in the longer term.”

The spokes­woman said pres­sure on class­room avail­abil­ity would be less­ened once the area’s new schools opened.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that over time the num­ber of trans­portable class­rooms cur­rently used by schools in the lo­cal area will de­cline as new schools open nearby,” she said.”

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