Fires in London’s schools, colleges and nurseries cost the capital more than £20m each year according to the London Fire Brigade.
Figures released by the Brigade show there was a fire every three days in the capital’s educational buildings, the equivalent of one fire for nearly every school day.
The incidents include 36 arson attacks and 113 accidental fires.
Last year the Brigade revealed almost two thirds of new and refurbished schools in the capital do not have sprinklers installed, despite Government guidelines recommending they should be fitted in most cases.
According to the Brigade’s own figures, six out of ten schools that have proposed building work in the last three years were not going to install sprinklers.
Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Community Safety Committee, Cllr Susan Hall, said: “The number and regularity of school fires we attend is yet more evidence, if any were needed, that builders, developers, local authorities, governing bodies and other private providers must stop ignoring the huge benefits of sprinklers.
“As well as making sure the children in their care are protected, those responsible for our schools should recognise that sprinklers can dramatically reduce damage by stopping fires from spreading so quickly.
“This would help to protect the significant amount of public money invested in our school buildings.”