More school places for Watford

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Watford Cllr Ian Stotesbury has called for a new secondary school for local residents to deal with current school places crisis affecting Watford.

In the last round of school admissions, statistics revealed that around 11% of children did not receive any of their preferred choices, compared to only 3% in Broxbourne.

The statistics also showed that only 56% of Watford children got their first choice secondary school, which was considerably lower than many other parts of Hertfordshire, including in neighbouring Three Rivers and St Albans. That meant 44% of local people were left without their preferred choice school.

Cllr Ian Stotesbury, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Watford said, ‘More and more families are choosing to move to Watford, Abbots Langley and the surrounding areas which is a great thing. However, many parents are telling me that they are struggling to get their children into their first choice schools. The challenges in getting secondary school places is something that is a real concern for parents living in both Watford and the surrounding areas.

That’s why I want to work with parents and the County Council to solve this problem and call on the County Council to build a new secondary school to serve local parents. With the government wanting local councils to supply triple the number of homes they are currently doing so, this problem is only going to get worse. We need a new school for this area.’


We, the undersigned, call on Hertfordshire County Council to take urgent action provide more secondary school places, and a new secondary school, for Watford children. 

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