Academic year 2019/20

School places sufficiency survey

Data guidance



This document describes the transparency data included in the ‘School places sufficiency survey: Academic year 2019/20’ release’s underlying data files. 

The methodology accompanying this release should be referenced alongside this data. It provides information on the data sources, their coverage and quality as well as explaining methodology used in producing the data. 


This release reports on school places sufficiency information in some state-funded primary and secondary schools in England in the academic year 2019/20, as of 1 May 2020. Data are as reported by local authorities in the voluntary 2020 September Sufficiency Survey. 

Information is included on: 

  • Transparency statistics on school capacity (number of school places) in 2019/20 for some schools with significant changes since 2018/19
  • Transparency statistics on the type of significant changes to school capacity between 2018/19 and 2019/20
  • Transparency statistics on some local authority planned places to 2021/22, including some planned places for 2022/23 and 2023/24

File formats and conventions


These datasets have not had suppression applied. 


The following conventions are used throughout the underlying data. 

‘z’ Not applicable. 

‘:’ Not available. 

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Local authority planned places

Geographic levels
Local authority
Time period
2021/22 to 2023/24

Mainstream places reported by the local authorities that responded to the survey, as planned to be added to their school capacity. Includes only projects with firm plans for delivery which rely on ongoing building work. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
places_to_deliverAdditional school places planned for delivery (permanent and temporary)
planning_area_phasePlanning area phase - Filter by phase.
  1. Includes places in mainstream schools reported by local authorities in September 2020 as planned to be added by 2021/22, including some planned places for 2022/23 and 2023/24. Academic year is based on places being added by the September of each respective year, based on target completion date provided by the local authorities. Includes only projects with ongoing building work.
  2. Data on permanent and temporary places was collected through the voluntary September sufficiency survey in 2020.
  3. 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.
  4. Excludes nursery places.
  5. Data may include places for Year 12 to Year 14.