Data set from School capacity

School capacity - national only

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Includes number of school places; yearly and cumulative change in the 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
  • Number of pupils on roll
  • Number of school places
  • Number of school places - change since 2010
  • School phase
Time period
2009/10 to 2018/19

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal2015887939818261010033367740594390219.35707908503960.5730737881625480.63299931110364312.54998163
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimary167694896469331406689424439571334019.91770529254810.5203954111342880.076331334823359.850669942
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandSecondary3389389751249470334394330102356216.58306285249150.639253965282683.3874299262130815.94114399
201718Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotal201478711371959309207267654797403120.00794163496030.5694052061611479.98213133110599112.69594648
201718Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandPrimary167714863329591726358024423856351920.98264862274410.5642431351325179.011388714668249.598857079

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 14 variables
Variable nameVariable description
at_or_over_capacity_schoolsNumber of schools at or in excess of capacity
count_schoolsNumber of schools
percent_at_or_over_capacity_schoolsPercentage of schools at or in excess of capacity
percent_pupils_over_capacityPupils in places that exceed their school's capacity as a percentage of total places
percent_under_capacity_schoolsPercentage of schools with one or more unfilled places


  1. For free schools, number of school places includes final intended capacity. Otherwise, number of school places counts all built and ready-to-use accommodation. Some free schools are initially in temporary accommodation and may not reach final intended capacity for varying periods of time.
  2. Includes community, foundation, voluntary and middle schools as deemed. Includes academies/free schools. Excludes all special schools. Includes sixth form places. Excludes nursery places.
  3. 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.
  4. z - Indicates data is not applicable.
  5. 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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