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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:01am 20th April 2012.

Cornish parents are finding out whether they have got their children into their first choice primary.

The council says fewer than one in ten will be disappointed when letters and emails start arriving, that is roughly the same as last year.

There are around 6,000 places for four year olds across Cornwall with around 5,400 applications. But there are fears some places could face particular pressures. Last year many parents around Newquay were left disappointed.

Head of Schools David Wood, said, “This growth has been caused by a consistent rise in the number of births over the past ten years and an increase in the number of people moving into Cornwall. In recent years population growth has been concentrated in the main town areas and this trend is likely to continue.

“The combination of the major growth identified in the developing Town Framework masterplans and the 48,000 new houses predicted in the emerging Core Strategy could generate demand for an additional 5,330 primary school places in Cornwall over the next twenty years” he added.  “However this level of demand cannot be met by Cornwall’s existing schools infrastructure. “

The Council admits it will face budget pressures over coming years as it transports children to school in areas experiencing a particular shortage of places.

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