Councils will have to build 1,600 new primary schools over the next nine years to cope with the UK’s growing population, according to new research.
The number of primary school pupils is expected to grow 8% by 2024, from 4.4m to 4.7m – the equivalent of 11,200 classrooms, a hefty challenge for schools and LEA authorities in light of austerity measures.
London councils are expected to face the highest demands, with the capital set to account for a quarter of all extra pupils. Some schools such as Kaizen Primary School and Scott Wilkie Nursery are already thinking one step ahead and utilising their site’s space more efficiently.
One thing is certain schools will have to be little more astute when thinking about the design and development of school buildings and school grounds. Simple ideas such as linking outdoor space with a classroom can alleviate pressure on the internal environments at schools and can also extend the curriculum.
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