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Hundreds of new school places created to meet demand in Barnet
A total of 465 extra reception class places have been created to meet the borough’s growing demand.
The new temporary and permanent school places means all reception class children whose parents applied for a Barnet school place by the January deadline have been offered a place.
However, 48 children who missed the deadline are still waiting to be allocated a school.
But Councillor Reuben Thompstone, Cabinet member for education, children and families, said: “We are confident that once schools have re-opened, children without a school place will be allocated one.”
The borough now has 4,361 school places, having spent £88million on expanding or rebuilding primary and secondary schools.
Speaking about the council’s future plans, Cllr Thompstone added: “We are committed to spending an additional £49 million as we prepare for further expansions across the borough.”
Seven primary schools and one special school are being expanded to provide 1,500 new permanent primary school places at Martin, Moss Hall, Brunswick Park, Menorah Foundation, Oakleigh Special School, The Orion, St Mary’s and St John’s and Blessed Dominic schools.
Work is currently underway to build the new £15million Orion Primary school which will create a school for 840 pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Condition Unit for 21 pupils in Colindale.
Planning permission has also been granted for a new three form entry Mill Hill East Primary School which is expected to have its first intake of pupils in September 2014.
Secondary schools The Compton, Christ’s College and Copthall are also being expanded to make room for extra pupils once they finish primary school.
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