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Four years to create over 2,000 schools

07 October 2016

With the Department of Education predicting an extra 729,000 school pupils by 2020, this is predicted to require more than 2,000 new schools to be built in all areas of England.

Research released by Scape Group today states that over 24,000 additional classrooms will be required to meet the demand.

Primary school pupil numbers are expected to increase by 8.6% and secondary school pupil numbers will grow by 12% by 2020, according to the research.

There were no figures on how many of the extra places could be catered for by expanding or extending existing educational establishments.

The North East is predicted to record the smallest level of growth, with 21,124 new pupils, and London (170,943), the South East (155,102), East of England (89,198) and the North West (80,588) showing the largest growth in numbers.

Growth in pupil numbers is predicted in all regions, with the numbers for areas including the West Midlands (74,651), Yorkshire and Humber (65,512), the South West (59,854) and East Midlands (52,644) all showing expansion up to 2020.

With dramatic growth predicted for the education sector, this will also present both opportunities and challenges throughout the FM sector.

The research did not include predictions for pupil numbers in the rest of the UK.

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