Kingston Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services has welcomed a report acknowledging the exceptional and unanticipated rise in demand for primary school places across London.
London Councils’ ‘Understanding Primary School Capacity Issues’ contributed the unprecedented rise in applications for schools in London boroughs such as Kingston to the booming birth rate in the capital, increased numbers of parents choosing state education, and London’s sluggish housing market.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Bamford said: “I warmly welcome the findings of this report. The Government can no longer ignore the exceptional and unanticipated rise in demand for school places in London, and must properly fund local authorities to build the permanent new classrooms parents are asking for.
“Kingston is a small and efficient borough, but our schools have been overwhelmed by the population increases highlighted in this report. We will continue to work hard to ensure that there are enough places in our excellent schools for every local child.”