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School playing fields
Details of applications to dispose of playing fields made to the Secretary of State.
- Date requested: 23 April 2012
- Publish date: 14 May 2012
- Updated: 8 August 2012
How many state schools have applied to sell off playing fields (land that can be used for grass sports pitches by the pupils) since the coalition government came to power in 2010 and how many of those have been approved?
- How much money has been raised through these sales?
Please provide a list of the sales which names the schools
- If a full list is unavailable, please give a reason why and provide instead a breakdown of how many were primary and how many were secondary and also a regional breakdown.
Local authorities (LAs) do not apply to sell playing fields, they seek consent from the Secretary of State to dispose. A disposal can also include a lease of the playing fields to a third party organisation with the fields still used by the school. The Education Funding Agency do not request information from LAs about whether sites that have been approved for disposal are actually sold. We, therefore, do not hold information about the number of sales, the value of sales, or to whom the sales have been made.
The number of applications received since May 2010 is 22.
Approval has been given for 19 applications and 3 are under consideration.
|Beaver Green School||Kent LA|
|Heywood School||Rochdale LA|
|High View School||Plymouth LA|
|Estover Primary School||Plymouth LA|
|Estover Comm College||Plymouth LA|
|Woodhouse School||Staffordshire LA|
|Saltersgill Special School||Stockton-on-Tees LA|
|Dingleside School||Worcestershire LA|
|The Winchcombe School||West Berkshire LA|
|Kingsbury School||Brent LA|
|Lord Lawson of Beamish School||Gateshead LA|
|Dunningford School||Havering LA|
|Clarborough School||Nottinghamshire LA|
|Highfield School||Tyneside LA|
|Low Bentham School||North Yorkshire LA|
|Langcliffe School||North Yorkshire LA|
|Pear Tree School||Staffordshire LA|
|Nursery Fields School||Staffordshire LA|
|Ingleton Middle School||North Yorkshire LA|
|St Peter’s School||Hampshire LA|
|Gorsthills School||Cheshire West and Chester LA|
|Michael Drayton School||Hampshire|
12 cases applied in 2008, with 11 being granted consent (1 withdrawn).
|Longsight School||Bolton LA|
|St Andrews School||Bolton LA|
|Manor High School||Sandwell LA|
|Shepherds Spring School||Hampshire LA|
|Meadowlands Junior School||Hampshire LA|
|Aston of Hever School||Kent LA|
|North Leamington School and Arts College||Warwickshire LA|
|Arnold Hill School||Nottinghamshire LA|
|Manor High School||Sandwell LA|
|The Crypt School||Gloucestershire LA|
|Kingsdon Manor School||Bristol City LA|
|Kingsfield School||Cambridgeshire LA|
16 cases applied in 2009, with 10 being granted consent (3 withdrawn and 3 rejected).
|Moat House School||Essex LA|
|Northampton College||Northampton LA|
|Severnbanks School||Gloucestershire LA|
|St Gregory’s School||Liverpool LA|
|Park Lane School||Reading LA|
|Twigworth School||Gloucestershire LA|
|Waddon School||Croydon LA|
|The Hewett School||Norfolk LA|
|Vernon School||Cheshire East LA|
|Massey Hall School||Lancashire LA|
4 cases applied Jan to Apr 2010, with 1 being granted consent (3 withdrawn).
|St Katharine’s School||Somerset LA|
Since this response was sent to the requester on 14 May 2012 consent has been given in respect of:
- St Peter’s School, Hampshire LA.
- Gorsthills School, Cheshire West and Chester LA.
Still under consideration is an application in respect of:
- Michael Drayton School, Hampshire LA.