Alarming new figures have revealed Birmingham's rapidly growing population could lead to a shortfall of thousands of school places.
Latest figures from the Department for Education show that there were 111,298 places available across the city's 300 primary schools in May last year.
While that was easily enough to cope with the 103,125 primary school-aged children who were living in the city in the 2013/14 academic year, the DfE has predicted demand is soon set to outstrip supply.
A baby boom and rise in immigration will see the number of primary school-aged children rise by almost 11 per cent to 114,441 by the 2018/19 academic year.
It would mean a potential shortfall of 3,143 primary school places based on the number of places available as of May 2014.
And the pressure facing primary schools will begin to take its toll on secondary schools as today's baby boomers grow older.
By the 2020/21 academic year, the number of secondary school aged children will increase from 70,049 in the 2013/14 academic year to 84,784 - a rise of 21 per cent.
If the 79,927 secondary places that were available at the city's 82 secondary schools in May last year do not rise, then it will leave a shortfall of 4,857 places in 2020/21.
The figures, which do not include special school places, will make worrying reading for parents hoping to secure places for their children at schools over the next five years.
Birmingham City Council announced in January it was ploughing £34 million into funding more than 1,000 new school places in the city.
The cash will fund 1,170 new places at primary schools and a further 397 at special schools which will be available from this September.
Meanwhile, the Local Government Association said councils needed more cash to cope with the rise in demand.
"Mums and dads rightly expect their child to be able to get a school place where they live but our fear is we will reach a tipping point when councils or schools cannot afford the massive cost of creating places or find the space necessary for new classes," said a spokesman.
"The Government must commit to fully fund the creation of all new school places and give councils the powers to open new schools once again before time runs out and we are faced with a national crisis."