‘Crisis looming’ over Leicester City school places

Leicester City Conservatives have warned of a ‘looming crisis’ over secondary school places in the city, after new Department for Education statistics revealed a shocking shortfall in the number of places needed for pupils next year.

The Department’s scorecard figures highlight how 2,260 secondary school places will be urgently needed next year, in time for the start of the new term. This is equivalent to two brand new schools being opened.

Chairman of the Leicester Conservatives, Jack Hickey said:

“We are facing a looming crisis in Leicester’s schools because of Labour’s failure to plan ahead and provide these desperately needed places.

“This shortfall is nothing short of shocking, and the council is failing thousands of pupils and their parents by putting their education at risk. Continuing to put pressure on oversubscribed schools and overcrowded classrooms is not the answer – we urgently need more academies and free schools.

“Labour have shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted on the issues that really matter to local people.”

Mr Hickey, a primary school teacher, currently sits on the national education committee, and within the past three months has met with the Prime Minister and Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, to discuss education and schools policy.