Almost every secondary school in Manchester either at or over capacity

Almost every secondary school in Manchester is either at capacity or over capacity, research by Liberal Democrat councillor, John Leech, has revealed.

John Leech has warned of a "school places crisis" and said urgent investment is needed to ensure every child can attend a decent school in their local area.

The research, based on a response to Freedom of Information requests from Manchester Council, revealed that in September 2017 almost every secondary school in Manchester will be at capacity with 11% of the city's secondary schools over capacity.

Former Manchester MP and sole opposition councillor, John Leechsaid: "These figures expose the growing school places crisis in many areas across the country.

"Each year, our classrooms are getting more overcrowded and our teachers more overworked.

"Every parent should be able to send their child to a decent school in their local area. That is why the Liberal Democrats would invest £7bn in our schools to expand school places and ensure no child is left behind.

"Instead, the Tory government is cutting
per pupil funding and the Labour council is wasting money on vanity projects. No one is standing up for education here in Manchester."

Across England, over half of all secondary schools in are either full or over capacity in Year 7 this September.
Meanwhile, 40% of schools are full or above their overall net capacity, meaning there is deemed to not be enough teaching space available for the number of pupils.

In Manchester, 32 schools are either at or over capacity.

Liberal Democrat Councillor John Leech, added: "It's time for ministers and councillors to stop wasting cash on vanity projects and invest to ensure every child has the best possible start in life."

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