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Northamptonshire facing 10,000 extra primary school pupils

More than 10,000 new primary school places are to be provided in Northamptonshire by September 2015, it has been claimed.

The places are being provided through up to nine new primary schools and extensions to more than 20 schools, a county council report says.

Many of the new schools will be funded by contributions from developers behind the county's housing growth.

New schools are being built in Corby, Rushden, Northampton and Brackley.

Two of the new schools are expected to be part of the government's free school initiative - schools run by groups of parents, businesses, or voluntary groups, but funded directly by central government.

A report to the council's children, families and communities scrutiny committee says the "recent upturn in the economy has led to considerably more planning applications... and housing completions".

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