Hartlepool education bosses reassure parents over places ‘crisis’

Secondary school pupils.
Secondary school pupils.

Council bosses have assured parents in Hartlepool that there will be enough secondary school places in the future.

The move follows a report which predicts a crisis in places in the next five years.

We have sufficient pupil places available for the foreseeable future

Hartlepool Borough Council

Almost half of local authorities across the country are at risk of being unable to meet rising demand for secondary school places, local government leaders have warned.

A report out today by the Local Government Association warns more than 125,000 children face missing out on a secondary school place by 2022/23.

The LGA said councils urgently need to be given powers to force academies and free schools to expand if additional places are needed and a voluntary agreement cannot be reached.

The number of pupils needing secondary school places in Hartlepool is predicted to rise from 5,669 this academic year to 6,227 in 2022/23.

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Planned increases in capacity at some Hartlepool primary and secondary schools - based on future housing development projections for the town - aim to ensure that children and young people living in Hartlepool also have a school place in Hartlepool.

“In respect of secondary school places, both English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and High Tunstall College of Science have been successful in securing funding in the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

“The council is also providing some funding. As a result, this will ensure that as a town we have sufficient pupil places available for the foreseeable future.”