Secondary School Place Shortage

22 July 2015, 19:12

New figures suggest more than 34,000 children in London won't be able to get a secondary school place by 2020 because of a shortage.

Councils say not enough money's being spent to make sure there are enough.

Councils across London say they're already straining to cope with the growth in the number of children of secondary school age. They say more money's urgently needed to fill a £1bn gap in funding for places.

The number of children in London of secondary school age is expected to increase by a further 15 per cent by the end of the decade to 560,880.

That means an extra 72,730 places will be needed. There is currently capacity for fewer than 40,000.

London Councils, the umbrella body for London's boroughs, believes there will be a 34,830 shortfall.

The Government say they've already doubled funding for school places to £5bn.

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