Two schools to expand to cope with primary place demandsBy Hugh Fort
May 09, 2012
An increased demand for primary places means two Bracknell Forest schools are to be expanded.
Bracknell Forest Council has revealed 1,519 primary school place applications were received this year compared with 1,410 in 2010/2011.
The council says nine out of 10 pupils across the borough got a place at one of their preferred schools.
This means 1,367 pupils got a place at one of their chosen schools, while 152 did not.
As a result of the increased demand, the council is having to create surge classrooms at Crown Wood Primary School, in Opladen Way, and at Sandy Lane Primary School, in Sandy Lane, Bracknell,
A new classroom will be built at each school, giving them space for an extra 30 pupils, by the start of the school year in September.
David Watkins, chief officer: strategy, resources and early intervention at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “As the council projected, demand for school places continues to rise.
“Yet despite this, we are pleased to report that all Bracknell Forest residents have been offered a school place within the borough.
“Offer letters were posted on Friday, April 20, and parents will have until Monday, May 7, to accept the offer of a school place.”
Bracknell’s schools are expected to grow by around 30 per cent in the next few years, which is one of the biggest increases in Britain.
More housing and a growing population means more demand for school places and the council has had to put plans in place for seven primary schools to create 654 new spaces in the past four years.
However, if the borough does not further expand its primary schools, projected figures show that the borough will have a shortfall in places for pupils of more than 1,500 places by 2017.
- Have you been offered a place for your child at a school that was not one of your preferred choices? Call reporter Hugh Fort on (0118) 918 3026.