Hundreds of extra school places created

Thu 13 September 2012, 5:57 pm

Ealing Council has increased the number of primary school places in the borough by 390 with the start of the new academic year.

It said the mix of permanent and temporary places was a response to high birth rates and the popularity of borough schools.

Some 330 temporary places have been created at 11 primary schools, while a further 60 permanent places are being created with the opening of a new Catholic school at the Holy Family Community Centre in West Acton.

Elsewhere in Acton, building work is already under way on another new primary school, set to open on the site of the Priory Community Centre in September 2013.

Councillor Patricia Walker, cabinet member for children and young people, said pressure on primary places in Ealing was increasing year-on-year. “We have been permanently and temporarily expanding our primary schools since 2008, but in some parts of the borough like Ealing and Acton, it is becoming increasingly difficult to create the new places," she said.

"This problem isn’t going to go away and we will keep lobbying government for the funding we need to make sure that every Ealing child has a school place.”

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