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Too many pupils for nine primary schools

Wed, 05 Apr 2017

Peel Clothworkers School has a capacity of 400, but 444 pupils are registered for the 2017-18 academic year.
Peel Clothworkers School has a capacity of 400, but 444 pupils are registered for the 2017-18 academic year.

Nine of the Island's primary school will be overcapacity in the next academic year.

The Department of Education and Children's projections for the 2017-18 year show several schools will be more than 20% oversubscribed.

St Thomas's in Douglas is amongst the worst affected with 72 pupils registered for 50 places, while Peel Clothworkers has 44 students too many for its 400-pupil capacity.

Kewaigue has a capacity of 100 pupils, but has 129 signed up for September, while St Mary's has 317 children registered despite a capacity of 275.

Arbory, Cronk-y-Berry, Scoill yn Jubilee, Willaston and Onchan are also due to have too many pupils.

However, 10 of the 32 schools will be less than 75% full, including Andreas, Michael and Ashley Hill.

Only one of the five secondary schools is expected to be overcapacity, with 1558 students due to attend Ballakermeen High School, which has a capacity of 1370.

The Department's capacity figures don't include mobile classrooms, which are used at a number of schools on the Island.

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