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Baby-boom will lead to overcrowding crisis in primary schools

24 July 2012

Primary schools are struggling to meet the rising demand for school places. Facing a “perfect storm” of rising birth rates, immigration and funding cuts, many are forced to consider desperate measures to create extra space. The government may have made it easier for admissions authorities to increase their published admissions numbers under the new admissions code, but where will those schools put the extra children?

London local authorities are drawing up plans to teach children in disused offices and shops. In Bristol, the council plans to convert a disused police station into a school, having installed portable buildings on the roof of one primary.

There is a need to find innovative solutions to create extra capacity; free schools have not been used for this purpose so far and perhaps were never intended to be. Closer collaboration between schools is inevitable as many primaries weigh up their options which include entering into federations, multi-academy trusts and collaborative partnerships to share facilities and resources.

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