The shortage of primary school places is certainly not confined to Southwark – across London this is an acute issue.
The fact that nearly two hundred children have been refused places at any of their chosen options is worrying.
The council’s massive £170 million investment in the borough’s schools, which helped create an additional 1,080 reception places between 2009 and 2013, clearly is not enough. And if the trends are to believed and indeed exceeded, more will have to be done to ensure every child has a good educational start.
Also it is important that the same mistake made ten years ago, when primary schools were built, is not repeated – as the council did not think that down the line it would have to build more secondary schools.