“Devon needs to add an extra 2,320 school places by September 2018 to meet demand – on top of numbers already planned – according to new figures.
The county is set to see primary pupil numbers rise by 17 per cent between May 2010 and September 2018, up from 49,808 in 2010 to a projected 58,278 in 2018.
Between 2010 and 2016, an extra 6,520 places were created in schools in the area, and a further 2,713 are planned but an estimated 1,260 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year to meet demand, according to Department for Education figures.
Secondary school pupil numbers are expected to rise by one per cent from 37,748 in May 2010 to 38,200 in September 2018.
Within Devon an extra 4,181 places were created between 2010 and 2016 to help meet demand, with another 145 planned, but 1,060 are still needed by the 2018/19 school year.
England is set to see primary pupil numbers rise by seven per cent between May 2010 and September 2018, up from 3.8m in 2010 to a projected 4.6m in 2018.”