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Plan to boost school pupil places

Extra school places for pupils in Reading could be created under plans to be discussed by councillors later.

More primary schools places would be created in Caversham under a proposal to expand a one-form school to two forms during times of major demand.

The admissions policy will also see a major shake-up under the plans to be debated on Tuesday evening.

Any recommendations agreed by Reading Borough Council will be put out to consultation to parents and the public.

Just a couple of new schools would really help but the problem is where you can build them
Councillor Jon Hartley

Other proposals include increasing capacity at a number of schools across Reading.

Councillor Jon Hartley, lead member for education, said: "We have lots of people who are very keen to go to popular schools.

"Just a couple of new schools would really help but the problem is where you can build them."

He said a major problem with accommodating pupils in Caversham was down to geography.

"The trouble is the schools are not where the children are in Caversham," Mr Hartley added.

"It leaves problems for people in the west because they are not very close to existing primary schools."

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