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Decision due on increase of school places

Decision due on increase of school places

Justin Burns

Decision due on increase of school places

A decision is set to be made on which first and middle schools in Windsor will be expanded to cope with rising demand for places tomorrow night.

Members of the Royal Borough's cabinet will meet at the Guildhall where they will decide on which options to take as it sets about creating 720 places.

More school classrooms are needed in the area due to higher birth rates and the rising number of out-of-town parents sending their children to Windsor for education.

Council officers are recommending two or more of four first schools for expansion in September 2013 and 2014 and one of four middle schools in September 2013.

By September 2014, 60 extra first school places per year group will be needed meaning a total of 300 new spaces overall.

And 105 middle school spots will be needed per year group by September 2018 - equivalent to 420 overall.

The council says the number of reception age children living in Windsor will be around 80 higher in September 2014 than it is now.

A public consultation involving parents, teachers, governors and residents took place from November 7 to December 2.

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