England in need of 2,000 new schools by 2020

A report conducted by Scape Group has found that local authorities in England have estimated more than 2,000 new school will need to be created by 2020 to meet the demand for places.

The study outlined that councils believed there would be a 12 per cent increase in the number of secondary school pupils by the end of the decade, while the number of primary school places required will rise by 8.6 per cent.

The study identified that London, the South East and West of England will see the highest growth in demand for school places, in addition to cities such as Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham.

Mark Robinson, chief executive of Scape Group, added: “The country will soon start to feel the full weight of the impending boom in pupil numbers, and we’re already seeing unprecedented pressure on school places.

“A radical new wave of school-building must be a top priority for government.”