Three new secondary schools and 10 primary schools need to be built in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby in the next decade to cope with the rising population in the county, the county council has revealed.
Figures obtained by the Northants Telegraph show the number of pupils starting reception year in the county’s primary schools has risen sharply in the past 10 years.
The rising birth rate has been the main driving factor behind the increase in pupil numbers but in-migration and new housing developments have also increased the need for school places.
Latest figures show the school admission team is receiving 267 applications a week for school places in the county, 37 percent of these are for Northampton.
Of the 3076 requests for a school place in Northampton since September 1 2014, 45 percent have been for pupils migrating to the town.
Councillor Matthew Golby, cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said towns like Northampton, Corby, Wellingborough and Kettering were enjoying a sharp rise in immigration due to the good job opportunities.
He said: “Immigration to the town is high due to the good economic prospects. We have some people moving from within the country and some people moving straight to Northampton from outside the UK.
“There is quite a large Eastern European community in the town. In some schools we have more than 20 languages, particularly in the centre of the town, and that does pose a challenge to how we teach pupils effectively.”
Despite the pressure on school places, Councillor Golby said the local authority was determined to maintain its high percentages of matching pupils with their first choice school.
In Northamptonshire last year, 84 per cent of pupils received their first choice secondary school and 90 percent got their first choice primary school.
Councillor Golby said: “We want to create local places for children. We don’t want to be busing pupils across the town or county.
“With new schools we want them to be the best they can be.”
Two new ‘all through’ schools in Northampton are planned to open in September 2016; the Northampton International Academy in Barrack Road and the Wootton Hall Free School.
Across the county, the county council says it needs a total of six new secondary schools and 25 primary schools.