College numbers set to soar

PUBLISHED: 09:45 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:45 26 November 2013

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Pupil numbers at Exmouth Community College are likely to dip before rapidly rising over the next decade.

Principal Tony Alexander said that a reduction and subsequent explosion of pupil numbers could cause financial problems for the school.

He explained the school receives a government settlement based on the numbers of children who go to the college.

He said: “At the moment, the demographics in the town are dipping.

“Over the next two years, the numbers of children coming to the school will fall by about 250 a year (to around 2,150).

“This will present us with a financial challenge.”

He added: “But from 2016 student numbers are predicted to grow very rapidly. The plan is that we should prepare for our pupil numbers to grow from 2,450 to at least 2,800 by 2019. (Devon County Council has predicted 2,980, a 21 per cent increase.)

“We are going to see an increase of some 400-500 students.”

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