D-day for families over primary school places

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FAMILIES around the country were today due to discover which primary schools their children will attend - but some could be disappointed.

The day will bring relief for many, but others will be disappointed at learning they have missed out on a first-choice school.

It comes days after council leaders said two in five local authorities wouldn’t have enough places by 2016.

Some schools have been maximising their capacity by building extra classrooms.

Pressure is growing, particularly in schools on London’s fringes and in cities such as Leicester, Nottingham, Reading, Bristol and Peterborough.

And it is likely that more families will miss out on their first-choice school as the places crisis continues to bite.

The crisis has been precipitated mainly by a booming birth-rate, partly by immigration and by families moving specifically to be near popular schools.

Labour and the National Association of Head Teachers also blame the coalition government’s free-school policy, which has allowed some new schools to be opened in areas that already have surplus places.

At the same time, the ability of local authorities to plan for population surges has been reduced by regulations requiring any new schools to be either an academy or a free school, rather than a council school.

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