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Andrew Long calls for urgent action to plan for more school places as numbers soar
Cllr Andrew Long, who represents Callington on Cornwall Council and is Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South East Cornwall made the call following the publication of the latest roll numbers at Callington and Saltash.

“Both Callington Community College and Community College are running at 97% capacity on years 7 to 11 with several year groups over subscribed and, with numbers increasing at the feeder Primary Schools, we need to take action now to ensure that places are available for students as close to their home as possible.  Both of these Colleges are now Academies so have to rely on bidding into Central Government and I know that Callington has already been unsuccessful on a bid for a new sixth form centre.  This part of Cornwall has been targeted for major housing growth but our education establishments are already struggling to provide places for the current population.  This is clearly unsustainable.” Said Cllr Long.

“There is already a time bomb of education affecting in particular with a number of feeder primary schools at or above the 100% Published Admission Number (PAN) maximum and this is before the major development at Broadmoor gets underway.  We need to take action now to alleviate this situation, which is only added to by the influx of students from across the Tamar at both Colleges which further limits the number of places available for local students.” He added.

The latest numbers for Callington College show 1164 students on the roll for years 7 to 11 with both Years 7 and 11 over subscribed as against the PAN number of 1205.  In addition Callington has a thriving sixth form which pushes the numbers above 1400 at the college.  Saltash is even worse with 1124 enrolled with years 9, 10 and 11 all over subscribed – against a PAN of 1150.  Feeder schools to Saltash include Bishop Cornish (100% capacity), Brunel (103%) and Sir Robert Geffreys (106%) increasing the pressure on Saltash in particular.
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Published on 12th February 2015.

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