Two new secondary schools and eight primary schools need to be built in Northampton in the next decade to cope with the rising population in the town, the county council has revealed.
Figures obtained by the Chronicle & Echo show the number of pupils starting reception year in the town’s primary schools has risen by almost 40 per cent in the past 10 years.
The rising birth rate in the town has been the main driving factor behind the increase in pupil numbers but in-migration and new housing developments have also increased the need for school places.
Latest figures show the school admission team is receiving 267 applications a week for school places in the county, 37 per cent of these are for Northampton.
Of the 3076 requests for a school place in Northampton since September 1, 2014, 45 percent have been for pupils migrating to the town.
Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said the town was enjoying a sharp rise in immigration due to the good job opportunities.
He said: “Immigration to the town is high due to the good economic prospects. We have some people moving from within the country and some people moving straight to Northampton from outside the UK.
“There is quite a large Eastern European community in the town. In some schools, we have more than 20 languages, particularly in the centre of the town, and that does pose a challenge to how we teach pupils effectively.”
Despite the pressure on school places, Councillor Golby said the local authority was determined to maintain its high percentages of matching pupils with their first choice school.
In Northamptonshire last year, 84 per cent of pupils received their first choice secondary school and 90 per cent got their first choice primary school.
Councillor Golby said: “We want to create local places for children. We don’t want to be busing pupils across the town or county.
“With new schools we want them to be the best they can be.”
Two new ‘all through’ schools in Northampton are planned to open in September 2016; the Northampton International Academy in Barrack Road and the Wootton Hall Free School.
Across the county, the county council says it needs six new secondary schools, including one in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and the Daventry area. Another 25 primary schools are needed including, three in Corby and Kettering, four in Wellingborough and seven in the Daventry area.