Torbay primary schools run out of spaces for new intake of pupils
TORQUAY primary schools have run out of room for new pupils.
Such is the shortage of spaces that some Torquay children will have to start the new school year in September in Paignton schools.
A letter has gone to parents following the offer of more than 1,280 places to four-year-old children for their first year at primary.
It was while processing the applications, that it became apparent there were more children in Torquay wanting places than places available.
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Three schools have agreed to take extra children, Cockington Primary is taking 30, Warberry Primary an extra 15, and Ellacombe School an additional 15.
There is a proposed building programme to create extra accommodation at these schools.
But the parents of more than 50 pupils have been told there are no places at their preferred schools.
These children have been given places in schools closest to their homes where a place is available.
Lib Dem education spokesman Jenny Faulkner said this means some Torquay children will have to go to school in Paignton where there are the places though some schools are also over subscribed.
"The situation is serious," she said. "There are children in Torquay who can't go to Torquay schools.
"While a couple of schools have agreed to take more children, it's not a good situation.
"What's happening with the council's projections of pupil numbers?
"It's not good for a child from Torquay to go to school out of their area. Their friends won't live near them as they grow older.
"They are going to have to re-look at their figures and facilities at the existing schools and instead of pushing more children into larger classes, they should be looking at where they could build new classrooms, and not temporary accommodation either.
"If we are going to have 10,000 more houses built around Torbay, where are those children going to go?"