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Parents in Lichfield and Burntwood are finding out which primary school place their children have been allocated. Staffordshire County Council says nine out of families have been offered their first choice, despite rising pupil numbers. Across the county 98% have been allocated one of their top three preferred schools. Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet member for learning and skills, said: “With an increasing population and new housing developments being built across the county, demand for primary and secondary school places means we have to work hard to ensure every child in Staffordshire has the choice to attend a good, local school. “We estimate that over the next five years, we will need around 7,000 primary and 3,000 secondary school places to meet expected demand. By building new schools and making better use of existing accommodation, we can ensure the majority of parents are offered one of the top three preferred places. “The next 15 years will see the school landscape change in Staffordshire. This means that the work to ensure there are enough school places to cope with demand will continue for years to come.”


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