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Councillors say work to deal with rising school numbers has helped give parents their primary school of choice in Lichfield and Burntwood. Nine out of 10 children in Staffordshire have been allocated their first choice, according to Staffordshire County Council. The figures also reveal that 99% of more than 9,000 applications received one of their top three school choices. County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet support member for learning and employability said that work to increase school places had been a long term project. He said: “Over the past four years, we have been looking at projected rises in pupil numbers over the next 15 years and formed a comprehensive county-wide plan to ensure there are enough primary and secondary school places available across the county. “By mapping where new housing developments are, as well as where the birth rate is increasing, we can confidently predict were the demand will be and put measures in place to ensure we can meet it. “We are already working on a number of options for providing more pupil places when they are needed. Due to our forecasting and extensive planning, we are confident in Staffordshire that we can provide the primary secondary school places needed over the next few years.”


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