Commenting on Lack of Spare Places in Dundee Primary Schools to Cope with A Rising Number of Children

Laurie Bidwell, Labour spokesperson on Education in Dundee

 

25 August 2016

Commenting on Lack of Spare Places in Dundee Primary Schools to Cope with A Rising Number of Children

The figures obtained from the City Council support the warnings I have issued in recent years. I have made it clear to the Council that it is continuing to reduce capacity in our primary schools through school mergers and school closures while the number of school pupils in Dundee is continuing to rise.

This is a recipe for disappointment for parents and carers when they can't get their child a place in school.

Bearing in mind that our Primary schools and Nursery schools will need extra places to cope with a doubling of nursery hours by 2020, the Council can't be complacent about this.

New school buildings or conversions take a long time, 4-5 years, to put in place.

When the next School Estate Review is published in the Autumn, we will be able to see whether Councillor Hunter is continuing to ignore warnings that he is gambling with the future of our school children by failing to change direction. I don't want Dundee to be known as Dundee City of Portable Classrooms.

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