YEP says: Consider facts behind the stats on Leeds school places

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STATISTICS only tell one part of a story.

Government data has shown 74 state-funded schools across Leeds were full or had too many children in 2016/17.

On the other side of the couin though 189 schools had room to take more pupils.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families at Leeds City Council, said: “We are well aware of the pressure on school places brought about by increases in birth rate and migration to the city.”

But we all know there will always be schools more popular with parents than others - for a variety of reasons. We have to look at these reasons, and not just the bare stats.