Surplus places fall

23rd March 2001 at 00:00
The number of surplus places in English schools has fallen by more than 22,000, schools standards minister Estelle Morris has revealed. However, the latest figures show that one in 11 places (710,000) was still unfilled in January 2000.

Ministers have urged local education authorities to cut the number of surplus places, particularly in schools where more than 25 per cent of places are empty. But this is proving difficult.

Ms Morris admitted that despite the overall reduction of surplus places, the number of schools with at least a quarter of plaes unfilled had risen from 2,391 to 2,406. The minister, responding to a question from Labour MP Andrew Miller, said it was due to a fall in the number of primary pupils. The proportion of secondaries with surplus capacity of at least 25 per cent had fallen from 13 to 11 per cent.

Bradford has the biggest proportion of surplus secondary places in England (21 per cent). More than half the city's secondaries are unable to fill at least a quarter of places. By contrast, Cornwall and Wokingham reported that only 1 per cent of places were empty.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now