Too many pupils for nine primary schools

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.