Schools set to han­dle 40,000 ex­tra pupils

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SCHOOLS and nurs­eries across west Lon­don will need to ex­pand rapidly if they are to han­dle al­most 40,000 more pupils by 2039.

The pres­sure is on for Hilling­don’s schools which will have to plan to ac­com­mo­date for the largest num­ber of chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to pop­u­la­tion growth fig­ures from the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS).

Data re­vealed the bor­ough should ex­pect more than 14,000 stu­dents over the next 25 years, an in­crease of 24.6 per cent which is well ahead of the 9.8 per cent in­crease for the coun­try as a whole.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est pop­u­la­tion fig­ures there were 58,600 chil­dren aged up to 14 liv­ing in Hilling­don in 2014, a num­ber which is ex­pected to rocket to 73,000 by 2039, mean­ing 14,400 ex­tra places will need to be pro­vided.

Claim­ing the sec­ond high­est spot is Houn­slow where a pre­dicted 14.6 per cent change in pop­u­la­tion of peo­ple aged up to 14 will mean schools will need to ac­com­mo­date for an ad­di­tional 7,700 pupils by 2039; and West­min­ster is in third with a 14.2% rise of or 5,000 chil­dren.

Across the eight bor­oughs, the pop­u­la­tion of chil­dren is ex­pected to in­crease by 10.4 per cent with an ex­tra 39,600 pupils by 2039.

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