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Move to address possible Watford secondary places admissions crisis
A West Watford secondary school could be expanded to help town cope with a looming admissions crisis.
Ruling Hertfordshire politicians are set to weight up proposals to enlarge Westfield Community College by 30 places a year from September 2015.
The move comes as education bosses are predicting that there will be more secondary students than places in Watford by next year if nothing is done.
Education officers forecast that on the current trend there would be a deficit of 11 places from 2014, which would balloon to 226 places by 2020.
A report to Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet, which sits next week, said Westfield was on the Government’s Priority School Rebuilding Programme and would be rebuilt in the next three years.
The report said: "Given the increasing forecast numbers in the area the proposed rebuild of Westfield offers an ideal opportunity to provide additional places as part of Hertfordshire County Council’s strategy to increase provision in this part of the county.
"It will create an additional 30 places (per year group) in specifically designated and purpose built accommodation in an area where they are needed."
The council surveyed parents and staff at the school about the expansion over December and January, but only nine people responded.
Of the respondents, four agreed with the expansion, three disagreed and two were unsure.