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Barking and Dagenham secondary schools expect 6,289 more pupils by 2020

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 June 2015

The council pledged to rebuild Eastbrook School to accommodate pupil growth

The council pledged to rebuild Eastbrook School to accommodate pupil growth

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Councillors pledged £600,000 to rebuild Eastbrook School in a Department of Education-backed scheme.

The move, which will increase classroom sizes, is part of the council’s bid to provide a school place for every child.

This is in response to a March cabinet report projecting the secondary school population will increase from 14,900 to 21,189 by September 2020.

Cllr Lynda Rice voiced concerns about teacher shortage.

“As schools expand, we will obviously need more teachers,” she said. “How confident are you that we will be able to recruit good quality teachers?”

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter assured her this would not be a problem.

“I go to many visits to schools – I’ve seen 44 since I became cabinet member for education and schools,” she said. “And I feel confident we are selecting the best out there.”

Council leader Darren Rodwell added he was proud of the amount of places the borough was creating.

“This year we were number one in London – that does the borough proud,” he said.

A new primary school at Barking Retail Site is set to open in September 2018, as is one at Barking Riverside in 2020 to teach the rising primary school population, which is set to grow from 22,549 to 29,550 by 2020.


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