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Survey to assess school places demand across Berkshire

A major survey to assess the demand for school places across Berkshire is under way.

Independent researchers will carry out doorstep interviews at new and recently-built housing to gauge how many future schoolchildren there are.

The information will be used to help each of Berkshire's six local authorities to plan ahead for school places and classroom space.

Similar surveys were last carried out in the county in 2005 and 2001.

Size of home

The researchers will survey about 2,400 households across the six boroughs, a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead spokeswoman said.

"They will carry identification and a letter of introduction with contact numbers so that residents can confirm who they are before answering any questions," she said.

"Questions will focus on the size of the home and the numbers and age of any children living there.

"It will be important to get responses from all participating households, even if there are no children living in those properties."

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