Growing population raises problems for primary schools

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New figures from the Department for Education have revealed Birmingham’s rapidly growing population could lead to a shortfall of thousands of school places.

The department's latest figures show that there were 111,298 places available across the city’s 300 primary schools in May last year.
 
While that was plenty enough to accommodate the 103,125 primary school aged children who were living in the city in the 2013/14 academic year, the Department of Education has predicted that demand is soon set to outstrip supply.
 
A baby boom and rise in immigration will see the number of primary school aged children rise by almost 11 per cent to 114,441 by the 2018/19 academic year.
 
It would mean a potential shortfall of 3,143 primary school places based on the number of places available as of May 2014.
 
By the 2020/21 academic year, the number of secondary school aged children will increase from 70,049 in the 2013/14 academic year to 84,784 – a rise of 21 per cent.
 
Birmingham City Council announced in January it was ploughing £34 million into funding more than 1,000 new school places in the city.
 
The cash will fund 1,170 new places at primary schools and a further 397 at special schools, which will be available from this September.
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