AN EXTRA 300 temporary classroom places will allow most Kingston children to start at one of their parents' preferred primary schools.
Figures just released show 94 per cent of youngsters due to begin school in September have been lucky, although some will have to be taught in temporary classrooms.
Six per cent of children have not been allocated a place in a reception classes at the initial allocation stage, but there are nearly 200 places still available in schools, and education bosses say that in the next month, as families confirm places, more should become available.
Eighty three per cent of pupils were offered a place at their first choice of school, and 1,875 places were available at the start of the process.
Ten 'bulge' classes - temporary classes to accommodate the flood of new pupils - have been created across Kingston for the September 2010 intake.
It brings the total number of children being taught in temporary classrooms to 810, or 27 classfulls.
A consultation has begun to find a permanent solution to the school places crisis. The council wants to provide an extra 405 places through 13-and-a-half school entry year forms, by extending existing schools and building a new school on the Surbiton Hospital site.
This would bring the total number of primary school places up to 1,980 - which the council says would be enough to offer places to all local children after the initial bulge. A series of meetings will held at schools across the borough throughout April. * What's your solution to the school place crisis? Call me on 07909 532428, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.