Schools to be asked to take extra pupils 'on a rotating basis' to beat places shortage (From Surrey Comet)
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Kingston schools to be asked to take extra pupils 'on a rotating basis' to beat places shortage
Kingston Council says it will ask schools to take extra students on a rotating basis to beat the looming schools place shortage.
Local Government Association projections said last week more than 400 school children could be left without a school by September next year.
However, the council has said it plans to add an extra batch of students to a different school every year.
Councillor David Ryder-Mills, lead member for schools and continuing education, said: “By having these shared forms of entry we can put temporary buildings up at the different schools and get away from the habit of bulge classes.”
He said temporary classrooms were not horrible and draughty, but bright and comfortable.
Matthew Paul, head of school place commissioning for Kingston and Richmond, said: “We can see over the next seven years or so demand for school spaces will continue to grow, but we have planned for meeting that demand.”
Chessington’s Lovelace Primary School has already started its expansion process.
A consultation to expand Kings Oak Primary School in New Malden with 210 extra school places over seven years is set to begin within weeks.
However, parent Neil Laidler has been left frustrated after his five-year- old daughter was left without a year 1 place in the borough.
The Berrylands Road resident said: “It is very frustrating – imagine having three children with one left sitting at home while they all go off to school.
“It’s very difficult.
“What is being done?”
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