Kingston primary schools will be expanded for the third year running to deal with what the council called an "unprecedented increase in demand for places".

Kingston Council announced that eleven schools will take on additional reception classes in September 2010, providing places for an extra 300 children.

The borough first faced demand for extra places in 2008 when 212 children initially failed to receive any of their first three preferences, and seven temporary classrooms were put in place.

This year, the council had to provide another 10 classes for 300 children when it became clear the increase in child numbers was a long-term trend.

A council spokesman said: "Obviously the situation changes with population movements in and out of the borough, but on current population predictions we expect to meet demand.

"We will, however, continue to monitor the population data available to the Local Authority."

He said that most of the additional places would be in temporary classrooms, but exact arrangements had not been finalised.

Lovelace Primary School, Chessington, already has two temporary classrooms, and will now expand for a third successive year.

Head teacher Linda Howells said the expansion had been a positive experience, but the extra pupils meant the school had to manage hall and library times very carefully.

She said: "For us as a school it is a very exciting opportunity.

"I have not heard anything negative at all from any parents."

Next year will represent the second successive expansion for Knollmead in Tolworth and St Matthew's in Surbiton.

The other schools due to receive additional reception classes are Castle Hill, Corpus Christi, Grand Avenue, King Athelstan, Malden Manor, St Agatha's, St Joseph's and St Luke's.

The council is waiting to hear if it will receive any of the £200m set aside by the government to provide a permanent solution to pressure on primary school places across the country.

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