Population rise fuels school places fears
County council seeks to assure worried parents
BUCKS County Council has moved to allay fears about a lack of spaces for youngsters set to start school in September.
Last week, we reported that nearly one in 20 pupils in Bucks missed out on their first choice of primary or secondary school for this coming academic year.
The figures from the Department for Education showed that five per cent of pupils in the county missed out on their first choice of primary school, with 4.9per cent missing out on their first choice of secondary school.
In Beaconsfield, there have been concerns that the expanding population of the town in recent years is leading to some children having being forced to look for school places outside of the town altogether.
A source connected to one of the primary schools in Beaconsfield, who has asked not to be named, said: “The population here is growing all the time. It is getting more and more difficult for parents to find their children spaces at schools in Beaconsfield. It is a ridiculous situation to be in.”
However, the county council has assured parents that it does all that it can to ensure children are able to go to school locally.
It said that population changes are monitored to ensure that there are enough school spaces.
A statement from the county council said: “The county council keeps its finger on the pulse of population changes and housing development to ensure sufficient school places. In the past two years, around 1,750 additional school places have been created.
“The council constantly monitors and reviews population changes and there are currently plans to provide more than 2,500 places over the next few years, largely in Aylesbury and Wycombe.
“In towns with significant new housing development, the county council secures funding from developers as part of the planning process towards the cost of additional school places.”