Berkshire

New Reading secondary school and extra primary places planned

A new secondary school and extra primary school places are being planned for Reading to help deal with a shortfall in pupil places.

The council estimated there would be a shortage of 320 primary school places by 2013 and that its secondary schools would be full by 2017.

Across 11 Reading primary schools places are being made available for an extra 295 pupils by 2013.

A meeting will be held later to discuss a new secondary school in east Reading.

'Growing demand'

Rob Wilson, Conservative MP for Reading East, will chair the meeting for parents of children who might use the new school.

He said a site for the school had been found, but was not yet being made public.

John Ennis, Reading Borough Council's head of education, said: "Last year Reading received applications for 2,144 children seeking a place at school for September 2012, which was an increase of 197 pupils from the previous year."

He said the council expected demand to continue increasing in the future and that it was investigating "a variety of options" to address that.

The authority cited economic pressures and a lack of "social mobility" as reasons for the increase in demand for school places. It said growing families were having to remain in the same houses.

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