London council considers split shifts for primary schools

Primary schools in Barking and Dagenham may have to run split shifts to accommodate pupil Credit: PA

Some schools in London could radically change the way they operate, as the demand for primary places continues. Schools could be forced to run in two shifts to accommodate the growing demand for pupil places.

In the east London borough of Barking and Dagenham, a 50% rise in the number of under-fours since 2001 means its primary schools are bursting at the seams.

Deputy council leader Rocky Gill says if the council does not receive the money it says it needs to accommodate its growing numbers of pupils, it will have to go for this "radical option".