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Annual survey - school capacity data collection

The Secretary of State requires that local authorities complete an annual survey of school capacity information. The survey includes information on individual schools – capacity, published admission numbers and numbers on roll. Aggregate pupil forecasts are also provided by local authorities at a local or district level. Forecasts are arranged by age group and are 5 years for primary aged pupils and 7 years for secondary aged pupils.

As part of the survey, local authorities are also asked to provide information on any significant changes that are likely to affect available pupil spaces i.e. plans to secure additional capacity.

The purpose of the survey is to monitor trends as well as to inform how much basic need funding should be allocated to assist local authorities in ensuring that enough places are provided to meet future demand.

The 2010/11 survey requires that local authorities include academies data in their response as well as in their forecasts. This is clearly an important focus for long term planning and therefore it is asked that all Academies co-operate with their local authorities to provide data to assist in this task.



Date: 29th July, 2011
Author: Wendy Bambrick


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