Data set from School capacity

Local authority planned changes to school places

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Places reported by local authorities in summer 2021 as planned to be added or permanently removed from their school capacity. Includes only projects with firm plans for delivery. Includes sixth form places. Excludes nursey places.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
School capacity
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Additional places (permanent)
  • Bulge places (temporary for large cohort)
  • Places to remove (permanent)
  • National curriculum year group
Time period
2021/22 to 2023/24

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotal272723374-5595
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryPrimary total12489995-4485
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryReception1718650-760
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryYear 01168815-640
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimaryYear 02174375-640

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
additional_placesAdditional places (permanent)
bulge_placesBulge places (temporary for large cohort)
nc_year_groupNational curriculum year group - Filter by phase and by national curriculum year group. Scroll down and select 'Total' for the sum of all primary and secondary year groups.
places_to_removePlaces to remove (permanent)


  1. Additional, bulge and places to remove are reported cumulatively.
  2. z - Indicates data is not applicable.
  3. Bulge places are places used to accommodate a specific large cohort. They move through the school with this cohort. Additional places are permanent places that will not move through the school with a specific cohort.
  4. Cumulative places reported by local authorities in summer 2021 as planned to be added or removed. Includes only projects with a high degree of certainty of going ahead, usually where funding has been committed. Excludes nursery places.
  5. Excludes additional places in projects funded through central DfE programmes, such as Free Schools, unless local authorities have contributed their own funding to deliver additional places to these projects.

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