Data set from School capacity

School capacity

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School places, which includes sixth form places and excludes nursery places, reported by local authorities. File also includes number of pupils on roll from the May School Census;  the number of pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity and the number of unfilled places. 

Data set details

Pupils and schools
School capacity
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of pupils on roll
  • Number of school places
  • Pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity
Time period
2009/10 to 2022/23

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202223Academic yearSchoolE92000001EnglandE12000001North East390E08000037Gateshead3901001z3902182108349Blaydon West Primary SchoolPrimaryPS2101772100003315.714286
202223Academic yearSchoolE92000001EnglandE12000001North East390E08000037Gateshead3902002z3902012108323Kelvin Grove Community Primary SchoolPrimaryPS39038939000010.25641
202223Academic yearSchoolE92000001EnglandE12000001North East390E08000037Gateshead3901001z3902188108352Ryton Community Infant SchoolPrimaryPS169911690007846.153846
202223Academic yearSchoolE92000001EnglandE12000001North East390E08000037Gateshead3906006z3902036108326South Street Community Primary SchoolPrimaryPS31019831000011236.129032
202223Academic yearSchoolE92000001EnglandE12000001North East390E08000037Gateshead3901001z3902193108355Ryton Junior SchoolPrimaryPS23512623500010946.382979

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
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
pupils_over_capacityPupils in places that exceed their school's capacity
school_placesNumber of school places


  1. Includes mainstream state schools with capacity in any of the year groups from reception to year 11 on 1 May for the relevant academic year.
  2. Primary places include all reported capacity in primary and middle deemed primary schools. Capacity excludes nursery places.
  3. Secondary places include all reported capacity in secondary, middle-deemed secondary and all-through schools. Capacity includes sixth form places.
  4. Number of pupils on roll for reception year group and above. Taken from the May school census for the relevant academic year, or gathered during the school capacity collection if census data was not available for a school.
  5. 2019/20 data not available due to the cancellation of the 2020 School Capacity survey due to COVID-19.
  6. Number of pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity is the difference between school places and number of pupils on roll, for schools where the number of pupils on roll is higher than the school’s reported capacity. Calculated at school level and then summed to national, regional or local authority level.

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