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Council acts fast to create more school places

Published Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Plans to expand Enfield’s schools and create more primary places are now well underway.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan , cabinet member for schools and children’s services, said, "We understand the expectations of local parents and are grateful for their patience while we make arrangements to finalise the current admissions round. We are determined to provide a place for every pupil due to start primary school in September."

"The actual increase in pupil population has exceeded all forecasts but we have robust plans in place and we are redoubling our efforts to create all the places that are needed."

"No parent need be concerned that their child will not be offered a place. School expansions have been done quickly and with the full cooperation of headteachers and governors. Our infant classes are being kept to the 30 children maximum and we have full confidence that our schools will continue to provide the very best education for which I am very grateful."

A report is expected at the June cabinet meeting setting out arrangements to ensure there are sufficient reception places available in September 2013 and later years to meet the forecast demand.

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The on-time demand for places for 4498 children was a record. It was 31 higher than our forecast of 4467.

Following recent expansions 555 additional reception places were available and were allocated on 18 April. Allocations at the free schools were not finalised at that time and additional places at Houndsfield Primary School were held back until the free school allocations were known.

In total 4447 places were offered on 18 April: 99  Enfield children could not be offered a place at that time.

The deadline for parents to respond to the offers that have been made is 2 May (tomorrow): this will release some places for reallocation where families are no longer seeking a school place.

At Walker School: 421 applications were made for 60 places. They were allocated 37 for siblings, 21 on distance and two for special circumstances.

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