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New Norfolk primary school on cards as admissions soar

09/01/2012 Joanna
There could be a demand for new primary school teachers in Norfolk after the council announced it will meet this week (January 12th) to discuss the possibility of building a new school in the county after admissions rocketed.

Rising birth rates combined with a lack of families moving because of the recession have meant that the number of children in reception classes in Norfolk this year has reached 1,266, 300 pupils more than in years five and six.

With an increasing number of pupils applying to schools in Norfolk, there is real pressure on Norfolk County Council to act and a range of issues are due to be discussed when the Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Panel meet.

Professionals in primary school teaching jobs in the county at the moment have an increased volume of children in their classes after the county council arranged with local schools to temporarily increase the number of places available.

An extra 345 places were created for the 2012 cohort, but a long term solution is needed and this may involve building a new school.

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children's services at Norfolk County Council, said: "We need to plan early to make sure there are sufficient school places where they are needed.

"This is a very challenging task as we need to be sure that this increased demand will continue before committing to build new schools."

She added that the council was grateful to head teachers and governors in local primary schools for recognising the impact of population growth and working quickly to make sure there were enough school places available.

In the long term, a new primary school in central Norwich may be built and the City and County Councils are working together to assess how this may happen.

Meanwhile, a council leader in London last week urged the government to increase primary school class sizes to 32 to help accommodate rising admissions.

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