Nearly 200 children left without secondary school place in Hertfordshire

More than 180 children in Hertfordshire have been unable to currently get a place at a local secondary school due to a surge in demand.

There has been increase of 460 applications in just one year, leading to Hertfordshire County Council being unable to offer a place to 189 kids so far.

A further 1,000 children have been given school places but not at any of their four preferred options, the BBC report.

They have quoted a parent, Josie Madoc, as being told by the Council that they can’t offer her daughter a place anywhere in Hertfordshire.

Understandably, she isn’t impressed. “How is this the case? This isn’t a third world country.

“They knew this was a high year. This wasn’t a surprise – these kids were born 10 years ago.

“They just needed to do a basic bit of maths.”

The population of Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire recently saw the third biggest rise of any local authority in the UK behind only the City of London and Tower Hamlets, rising by 2.5% between 2015 and 2016.

The Council have insisted that parents should “stay calm” and that everyone would eventually get a place. Will that mean larger class sizes instead?

Westmonster recently reported on how the surge in the UK’s population, fuelled by mass migration, has meant that this year around 606,000 children have applied for secondary school places this year, an increase of 23,000 in one year. That’s a hell of a lot of extra spaces to find annually.

Things look set to get worse. The UK saw recently saw the largest annual increase in population for 70 years (538,000) and England’s population is forecast to surge by 3.2 million in the decade to 2026.

When even The Guardian admit that Councils are struggling to keep pace with rising numbers of applications for secondary schools, you know something has gone badly wrong. Yet net migration continues to run at almost 300,000 per year. Ridiculous.