Class­room places un­der pres­sure

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

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ET has re­vealed in the past the big rise in pupil num­bers in the city that is putting pres­sure on the city coun­cil.

This year the num­ber of pupils who got first or sec­ond choice schools has im­proved.

That is not a bad re­sult, although the to­tal num­ber of pupils seek­ing places ap­pears to have dropped slightly by around 90.

How­ever, par­ents in Hamp­ton have been con­cerned af­ter they were of­fered the chance to re-ap­ply for school places fol­low­ing the open­ing up of a new school site.

The new school won’t be fin­ished un­til 2013 but the coun­cil can use tem­po­rary class­rooms on the site and else­where to cre­ate more places in Hamp­ton.

It is a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion for the 88 par­ents who did not get a place at a Hamp­ton school they had asked for.

But the fact that more tem­po­rary class­rooms are needed to pro­vide so many places high­lights the great pres­sure still on school places in the city.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, this is largely due to the num­ber of fam­i­lies mi­grat­ing to Peter­bor­ough.

The coun­cil is hav­ing to work fast to cope with de­mand for school places and it seems there is lit­tle sign of that de­mand abat­ing. The Gov­ern­ment will need to of­fer even more sup­port to en­sure that chil­dren in the city get the fa­cil­i­ties they need.

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