Camden ‘has enough school places for every child until 2025’

Angela Mason

Angela Mason - Credit: Archant

Camden will have enough school places for every child for at least the next 10 years, according to a council forecast.

The planned expansion of several primary schools and one secondary over the next year has led council officers to predict that the borough will have enough places until the 2024/2025 academic year.

The forecast takes into account new housing developments due to be built in the borough, as well as Camden’s rising population.

The data was published in a report discussed at a children, schools and families scrutiny meeting last Wednesday.

Cllr Angela Mason, cabinet member for children, said: “Applying for a school place is one of the most crucial decisions that any parent or carer has to make for their child. It is an important role of the local authority to provide sufficient school places in the borough. I am therefore pleased to say that our current projections show that, although we have a rising school population in Camden, our plans mean that we will have sufficient school places to meet the need until 2024/25.

“We will keep this under review through our annual review of our school place planning.”

Until last year, there were not enough primary school places for the equivalent of two classrooms of children. In response, the council opened two bulge classes at Kingsgate Primary School in West Hampstead. From 2016/2017, the school will have two more permanent classes when a new development is built in Liddell Road.

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The newly-opened King’s Cross Academy in King’s Cross has also provided two new primary school classes for this year’s cohort.

At secondary level, Regent High School in Somers Town is due to expand by two classes to ensure there are enough places.