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.