Worcestershire on track to provide enough school places

Published Monday, 27th July 2015

A report from the Department for Education (DfE) has showed that Worcestershire County Council is in a strong position to meet the growing number of school places needed across the county.

Each year the DfE produces a basic need scorecard for each local authority to provide a snapshot of their performance. Data has shown that Worcestershire has had a 10% increase in primary aged pupils since 2009 and the council has been allocated a £44m grant to meet this demand.

2014 data shows that the council has now provided 1,270 additional school places and have planned to deliver a further 1,750 places across the county. Increased housing, currently predicted, especially for urban areas, will increase pressure on primary places but proposals are being prepared to expand existing schools or create new schools, depending on the size of housing expansions.

In addition, 98% of the places provided have been at schools that Ofsted has rated Good or Outstanding, which is 18% more than the average of Good or Outstanding school places provided across the country.

Cllr John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: "The council has invested significant resources to expand schools to cater for the growing number of school places across the county. Data has shown that we are in a good position to meet needs and with the currently completed, planned or proposed expansion projects we're not expecting any shortfall.

"It's great to see that our achievements compare so positively with the rest of the country and that the places we are provided are of high quality for the pupils across Worcestershire."