Rugbyh growth figures could impact school places

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A round-up of census data for Rugby has highlighted a surge in young children in the borough.

Warwickshire Observatory, which analyses data on behalf of local authorities, has said the number of babies and children under four year olds grew by 21 per cent in Rugby borough between 2001 and 2011, the largest rate of growth for this age in Warwickshire.

The organisation said that growth in that age group is likely to affect demand for child care, school places and other support services.

Overall, Rugby borough’s population grew by 14.4 per cent between 2001 and 2011 to 100,075 – a considerably higher rise than the county average of 7.8 per cent.

The largest percentage increases in population have been seen in the older age categories – the number over 85s grew by 38 per cent in the past ten years, albeit from a relatively small number.