More school places are needed, claim

PUBLISHED: 13:07 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

MORE than 60 extra children could arrive in Potters Bar primary schools during 2010 than originally predicted, it has been claimed. That was the figure provided by GPs to Sunny Bank School governors, who are still desperately fighting to keep the school o

MORE than 60 extra children could arrive in Potters Bar primary schools during 2010 than originally predicted, it has been claimed.

That was the figure provided by GPs to Sunny Bank School governors, who are still desperately fighting to keep the school open.

A total of 316 children will potentially be starting primary schools in the town during that year.

That is above the county council's original estimate of 255 and, according to Sunny Bank governor Diane Merrill, is more than the town can cope with.

She said: "It is particularly worrying when there will be only 255 places in the town once the county council has closed Sunny Bank School.

"It's clear that the school needs to remain open, but it is looking extremely unlikely."

The Potters Bar resident, who has been a governor at the school for seven years, added: "Where will our extra children be sent to?

"Borehamwood children are being sent to Potters Bar, because their schools are full.

"However, this may not be an option next year as we too could well be suffering the same fate by then.

"The council is leaving no flexibility for increased numbers.

"But there is still time for the council to halt the closure of Sunny Bank, thereby avoiding another waste of taxpayers' money."

Diane, whose three children all went to Sunny Bank, added: "We have battled and battled with the council to show them that they are making a big mistake closing Sunny Bank School.

"They will not listen. We do not have the power to make them stop and they know it."

A county council spokeswoman disputed the new figures.

She said: "We use information from the health authority which is postcode specific and which shows families who actually live in Potters Bar.

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