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School Planning

Planning for the right number of good quality school places

One of the most important roles for a local authority is to ensure that there is always sufficient and high quality education provision for all of its children and young people. Hertfordshire has a good record meeting this challenge – actively planning school places in line with forecast demand.

In line with the rest of the country, Hertfordshire experienced falling demand for primary school places during the last decade. The national and local situation has now changed and demand for places has increased and will increase further. The picture varies across the county and change can be rapid and unpredictable. Local forecasts are made every six months using a software system to predict pupil numbers in each area.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 724,674 babies were born in England and Wales in 2012; this is the highest birth rate in more than 40 years. There are 10,000 more children under 4 years old in Hertfordshire than a decade ago. As our population continues to grow we must ensure there is a school place for every child that needs one.

As well as simply meeting demand for places the county council must also support and raise educational standards and never lose sight of the goal to improve educational attainment for all children and young people. We must always take opportunities to make schools better environments in which to learn, to expand successful schools, and to make them more accessible to more parents and pupils.

School Expansions Programme

Education and attainment for children has always been a priority for your local county council and we work hard to ensure that there are enough school places for every child that needs one.

The proposed expansions programme will enable us to ensure that there is the right number of places in the right locations while making sure that the expansions are feasible, affordable and maintain the quality of Hertfordshire schools.

We would also like to know what you think about schools in your area.

Please email us on and give us your views on:

- The number of places available
- The location of the schools
- The range of different types of schools available
- The quality of teaching and learning
- Extra curriculum activity (activities that take place in school in addition to the curriculum)

We will feed this back to elected Members who make the decisions each year on school planning.

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