The Brent Cabinet will discuss the latest School Places Provision Strategy this morning. Key points include:
- In the primary sector falling demand as a result of lower birth rate and Brexit
- Organisational and budgetary impact of this on individual schools
- Lower than expected demand for secondary school places making planned secondary school expansions unnecessary at this point
- Higher demand for Special Educational Needs and Disability places across the age groups starting in early years
Within this there are variations as a result of the developments in some areas such as Wembley Park, although the demographic impact so far has been less than anticipated.
The planned action for the Wembley Park area does not mention a new primary school in the Quintain development area. Readers will remember one was planned as part of the regeneration and a site earmarked close to Wembley Stadium station. Philip Grant on a Wembley Matters post raised the issue of the disappearance of plans for a primary school in the long term plans.
One of the other issues not fully discussed is the number of secondary pupils in the south of the borough taking up places in neighbouring boroughs: