Official Statistics

School capacity: academic year 2017 to 2018

Statistics on school places, unfilled school places, pupils over capacity, pupil number forecasts and place planning in England.



The annual school capacity survey 2018 provides national and local authority level information as at 1 May 2018 on the numbers of:

  • primary school places
  • secondary school places
  • unfilled school places
  • pupils over school capacity

It also provides pupil number forecasts up to the:

  • 2022 to 2023 academic year at primary level
  • 2024 to 2025 academic year at secondary level

Additional tables, on estimated places needed at the national, local authority and planning area level, and capacity in school sixth forms, are also provided.

School Capacity

Selena Jackson
Pupil Place Planning team


Telephone: 020 7783 8599

Published 28 March 2019