That figures. The developers around our way have given the sweetener of a new primary school to assist with their planning application. Unfortunately, the powers that be fall for it and don't follow the logic of when they leave their lovely sparkly primary school, they won't have places for the next phase of their education.
I don't suppose they mentioned if this years exam entrants are in a similar position, or was it a blip last year? I read of one woman recently who is a single parent with three children aged four, eight and ten. The older ones are in the same primary, but she didn't get the third child a place there.... or any of her other three choices. She now somehow has to figure out how to get the youngest across town on a bus (costing £30 per week) whilst simultaneously getting the other two to their school. She then has to get back across town to her job for 9am! Poor woman. This shouldn't be happening. Perhaps I was lucky but where I grew up, you automatically went to your local school; no exceptions.
Edit: I found this very helpful post from Amber from last year and thought I'd borrow it. The rise in birthrate year-on-year is staggering. No wonder school places are such a huge issue:
Live births 2000-2010
From Office for National Statistics. No idea how many are girls
Sorry tried to space this better but it wasn't having any of it.
PS- The ONS site is a mine of fascinating but not exactly shocking information: for example, the name Holly is more popular among girls born in December than at other times of the year; and the name Summer is more popular in, er, Summer.