Norfolk gets a record number of primary school pupil admissions

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Norfolk's primary school population grew by more than 1,000 children in the last year, according to newly-released government data.

The annual national school census showed there were 63,516 pupils in the county's state-funded primary schools in January 2015, a 1.9pc increase on the same time last year.

The county council said 2014-15 had been a record year for primary school admissions, but that the system was prepared for rising numbers.

However, Norfolk's growth was outstripped by that of Suffolk, where the primary population rose by 2.8pc to 55,216, and Cambridgeshire, which experienced a 2.5pc rise, taking the number of primary pupils to 48,543.

Nationally, there was an overall rise of 2.1pc.


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A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: 'These figures come as no surprise – this has been a record year for primary admissions in the county and numbers have been increasing for several years.

'We have been working with schools to prepare for this, which is why every child entering reception in September has been offered a place.

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'We want to ensure that there is a good school for every child in the county, and that includes planning places so that we provide new schools where they are needed and manage growth in existing schools, where this is appropriate. In recent years this has included increasing capacity at some primary schools, a mixture of temporary and permanent expansion and the refurbishment of existing buildings and temporary classrooms.

'The system we use to forecast pupil numbers is comprehensive, taking into account house-building projections, health data and school census information. This gives us a robust forecast of what places are needed so that we can develop forward plans and seek to maximise sources of funding through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) process, Section 106 funding and the Education Funding Agency.'

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