Data set from School capacity

School capacity

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Includes number of school places; number of pupils on roll from the May School Census; the number of schools at or in excess of capacity and the number of pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity; the number schools with one or more unfilled places and the number of unfilled places. All data includes sixth form places and excludes nursery places.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
School capacity
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of pupils on roll
  • Number of school places
  • Number of schools
  • School phase
Time period
2009/10 to 2020/21

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal20183890596778727353537563680.63292416642108933112.231474
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimary16791494311144032352785209300.4234181400356058511.340733
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandSecondary339239628563469500752354380.894254263952874613.342549
202021Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastTotal102941280535910815523550.5704878745605213.578324
202021Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastPrimary8592289191996471168320.3634477433010413.150503

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 10 variables
Variable nameVariable description
at_or_over_capacity_schoolsNumber of schools at or in excess of capacity
count_schoolsNumber of schools
percent_pupils_over_capacityPupils in places that exceed their school's capacity as a percentage of total places
percent_unfilled_placesUnfilled places as a percentage of total places
pupils_on_rollNumber of pupils on roll


  1. Primary places include all reported capacity in middle deemed primary schools and secondary places include all reported capacity in middle-deemed secondary and all-through schools.
  2. Number of pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity is the difference between school capacity and number of pupils on roll, calculated at school level and then aggregated to national, regional or local authority level.
  3. z - Indicates data is not applicable.
  4. Number on roll figures are taken from the summer (May) census for the relevant academic year, except for new schools (including schools that have become academies) where figures are based on data gathered during the school capacity collection. Number on roll relates to pupils in reception year group and above.
  5. Includes community, foundation, voluntary and middle schools as deemed. Includes academies/free schools. Includes sixth form places. Excludes all special schools. Excludes nursery places.
  6. For free schools, number of school places includes final intended capacity. Some free schools are initially in temporary accommodation and may not reach final intended capacity for varying periods of time.
  7. 2009/10 national, regional and local authority aggregations exclude 13 secondary academies where no school capacity figure was provided. They are included in the school-level underlying data.

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