Wokingham council considers demand for primary schools

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A Berkshire council is considering expanding its primary schools for the second year running to cope with a predicted rise in demand.

Wokingham Borough Council created 77 extra reception places across three over-subscribed primary schools in 2010 after an unexpectedly large intake.

The council is predicting further demand in the south west of the borough and in the west of Wokingham town.

Exact figures will not be known until the application process is complete.

The council is basing its estimates on birth rate figures and other data.

Children's services councillor Rob Stanton said: "It isn't possible to know in advance exactly which schools will be oversubscribed, but these projections enable us to plan and prepare so that we can take action quickly when we know where our the pressures are greatest.

"We have shared this information with headteachers in our schools so they are also better prepared this year if we ask them to adapt to a larger intake."

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