Academic Year 2018/19

School capacity

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This release reports on school capacity information in state-funded primary and secondary schools in England in the academic year 2018/19, as of 1 May 2019. Data are as reported by local authorities in the annual School Capacity (SCAP) Survey.

Information is included on: 

  • The numbers of primary and secondary school places from 2009/10 to 2018/19;
  • Unfilled school places and pupils in places that exceed their school's capacity;
  • Local authorities’ pupil forecasts up to 2023/24 at primary level and 2025/26 at secondary level;
  • Forecasts of places to be funded through housing developer contributions (HDCs) up to 2023/24 at primary level and 2025/26 at secondary level;
  • Local authority planned places to 2021/22, including additional, bulge and removed places;
  • Comparisons of forecasts with capacity to estimate the future number of places needed;
  • Experimental statistics collected on sixth form capacity in schools from 2017/18 to 2018/19

This release was first published at School capacity: academic year 2018 to 2019 on 26 March 2020. It has been migrated to the Explore Education Statistics platform to improve user access to school capacity data although it is still accessible at the link above. This release now also includes a timeseries of school capacity data back to 2009/10 and a timeseries of school sixth form capacity data back to 2017/18.

Findings in this report are at a national level though information at regional, local authority, and school (school capacity and school sixth form capacity) or planning area level (forecasts, planned places and place planning estimates) are provided in the data files associated with this release. 

All underlying data files and the technical guidance for the school place planning estimates may be found in the ‘Download associated files’ dropdown below:

Headline facts and figures - 2018/19

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