Figures reveal squeeze on school places across Devon

CREDIT: This story was first seen on devonlive.com

Devon needs to add an extra 2,320 school places by September 2018 to meet demand – on top of numbers already planned – according to new figures.

devonlive.com reports that the county is set to see primary pupil numbers rise by 17% between May 2010 and September 2018, up from 49,808 in 2010 to a projected 58,278 in 2018.

Between 2010 and 2016, an extra 6,520 places were created in schools in the area, and a further 2,713 are planned but an estimated 1,260 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year to meet demand, according to DfE figures.

Secondary school pupil numbers are expected to rise by one per cent from 37,748 in May 2010 to 38,200 in September 2018.

Within Devon an extra 4,181 places were created between 2010 and 2016 to help meet demand, with another 145 planned, but 1,060 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year.

England is set to see primary pupil numbers rise by seven per cent between May 2010 and September 2018, up from 3.8m in 2010 to a projected 4.6m in 2018.

Between 2010 and 2016, an extra 552,740 places were created in schools across the country, and a further 163,207 are planned but an estimated 63,000 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year to meet demand, according to Department for Education figures.

Secondary school pupil numbers are also expected to rise by seven per cent from 2.6m in May 2010 to 2.9m in September 2018.

Across England, an extra 171,258 places were created between 2010 and 2016 to help meet demand, with another 78,100 planned, but 32,200 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year.

New places created so far are slightly more likely to be created in schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. For new primary places, 92% are in good or outstanding schools, compared to 88% of all existing places, while for secondary places, it was 87% compared to 78%.

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A new primary place costs an average of £11,182 to create, with £3.5bn spent on 311,000 new permanent expansions to schools, £309.8m on 53,000 temporary expansions, and £895.8m on 55,000 places at new schools.

New secondary places are slightly more expensive on average at £15,713, with £476.2m spent on 36,000 new permanent expansions to schools, £10m on 1,500 temporary expansions, and £502.9m on 26,000 places at new schools

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