In the news: Secondary school pupil numbers ‘to continue rising’
13 July 2018
The Department for Education has forecasted an increase in the secondary school population until around 2025, and predicts the primary population will stabilise in 2019 before beginning to fall.
The number of secondary pupils will reach an estimated 3.28 million in 2025, up from 2.85 million this year, according to the latest Department for Education (DfE) projections.
The rate of growth in the nursery and primary population is slowing, and pupil numbers are expected to reach 4.66 million in 2019 before starting to decrease.
Changes in the school age population are “largely driven by the birth rate”, the DfE explained.
Responding to the figures, the BBC reports that the general secretary of NAHT highlighted the “challenge” of finding sufficient school places for the increasing school population, and called for a “proper national strategy”.
Congratulations to all at Woodcroft First School for their recent Ofsted Inspection. Woodcroft First School, based in Leek, has been rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors after being told two years ago that it “required Improvement”.
For the last eight years, the team at Saint Nathaniel’s Academy has been working with pupils to develop and transform the school’s garden into a valuable, child-safe asset that is much-loved by its many pupils.
Forty children from across the Trust attended Rugby Development Training hosted by Longton Rugby Club.