Secondary schools will need to make a further 16,284 spaces available by 2023, according to the analysis of official figures by BBC News

Following the analysis of official figures by BBC News, which suggest that the number of children starting primary school exceeds the number of spaces in secondary schools, secondary schools will need to make a further 16,284 vacancies available by 2023.

The analysis covers a total of 134 areas in England and clearly shows that secondary schools in some areas are in more need of spaces than others with Surrey, Birmingham, City of Bristol, Leeds and Lewisham requiring more than half of the 16,284 spaces of themselves. You can see the full analysis at the end of this article.

Indeed, pupils transitioning from primary school to secondary school this year are already experiencing the impact of the rising pupil population in secondary schools with reports suggesting that one in six pupils missed out on their first choice of secondary school.

But whilst the DfE claim that LAs had plans for 52,000 more secondary school places by 2018 and is putting £7bn aside to help secondary schools to create more vacancies, it seems that this may not be enough for areas that are foreseeing the biggest increases.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, explains: “We need to create more than 11,000 extra school places over the next five years but, because demand is not being matched by extra funding from the government, it is leaving us with a shortfall of £30m in each of the next two years alone.”

In response to this report a DfE spokeswoman has commented: “Delivering good quality school places is a top priority for this government and the latest figures show that the system continues to work. The government has already committed £7bn for school places, which along with our investment in 500 new free schools we expect to deliver 600,000 new places by 2021.

“Our reforms and our academy programme are raising standards for all children with 1.4 million more pupils in good or outstanding schools than in 2010. We will continue to invest and work hard to ensure every child has an excellent education that allows them to reach their full potential.”

Area Secondary school places in 2016 Primary school applicants 2016 Extra places needed
England

530,274

546,558

16,284

Surrey

                                        11,542

13,859

2,317

Birmingham

13,944

16,000

2,056

Bristol, City of

4,068

5,565

1,497

Leeds

8,615

9,956

1,341

Lewisham

2,568

3,838

1,270

Manchester

5,670

6,932

1,262

Ealing

3,321

4,370

1,049

Merton

1,699

2,728

1,029

Wandsworth

2,207

3,233

1,026

Greenwich

2,734

3,703

969

Leicester

3,721

4,647

926

Barking and Dagenham

2,829

3,745

916

Nottingham

2,980

3,846

866

Kingston Upon Hull, City of

2,810

3,666

856

Essex

15,887

16,686

799

Hounslow

2,887

3,635

748

Southampton

2,355

3,032

677

Milton Keynes

3,260

3,930

670

Sheffield

5,727

6,392

665

Reading

1,554

2,210

656

Waltham Forest

2,950

3,580

630

Swindon

2,327

2,945

618

Harrow

2,560

3,174

614

Brent

3,309

3,916

607

Northamptonshire

8,461

9,067

606

Salford

2,453

3,045

592

Croydon

4,454

4,979

525

Richmond upon Thames

1,869

2,393

524

Hillingdon

3,576

4,096

520

Knowsley

1,360

1,855

495

Wolverhampton

3,052

3,515

463

Thurrock

1,930

2,376

446

Islington

1,635

2,066

431

Portsmouth

2,018

2,425

407

Stoke-on-Trent

2,939

3,339

400

Enfield

4,121

4,510

389

Lambeth

2,590

2,968

378

Stockport

3,080

3,452

372

Newham

4,411

4,773

362

Sandwell

4,181

4,525

344

Middlesbrough

1,627

1,965

338

Bradford

7,400

7,724

324

Tower Hamlets

3,116

3,440

324

Luton

2,910

3,228

318

Southwark

3,016

3,332

316

Slough

2,084

2,397

313

Hackney

2,421

2,712

291

Barnsley

2,520

2,790

270

Rochdale

2,729

2,980

251

Blackpool

1,385

1,634

249

Haringey

2,604

2,836

232

South Gloucestershire

3,003

3,223

220

Bracknell Forest

1,347

1,547

200

Peterborough

2,664

2,863

199

Redbridge

3,959

4,147

188

Bromley

3,851

4,036

185

Barnet

4,379

4,555

176

Brighton and Hove

2,505

2,666

161

Coventry

4,330

4,479

149

Liverpool

5,211

5,358

147

Hampshire

15,306

15,426

120

Bournemouth

1,994

2,111

117

Plymouth

2,960

3,076

116

Medway

3,418

3,525

107

Derby

3,194

3,278

84

Stockton-on-Tees

2,363

2,446

83

Oxfordshire

7,277

7,356

79

Kingston upon Thames

1,921

1,990

69

Tameside

2,806

2,873

67

St Helens

2,012

2,077

65

Wokingham

2,072

2,136

64

Dudley

3,818

3,862

44

City of London

0

34

34

Kent

17,974

18,006

32

Darlington

1,212

1,240

28

York

1,933

1,958

25

Blackburn with Darwen

2,141

2,158

17

Hartlepool

1,159

1,160

1

Bury

2,355

2,336

-19

Bolton

3,809

3,789

-20

Camden

1,717

1,690

-27

Hammersmith and Fulham

1,563

1,524

-39

Warrington

2,567

2,513

-54

Buckinghamshire

6,389

6,335

-54

Herefordshire

1,866

1,791

-75

North Somerset

2,484

2,404

-80

East Sussex

5,584

5,498

-86

Kensington and Chelsea

960

835

-125

Norfolk

9,669

9,534

-135

Wigan

3,854

3,718

-136

Southend-on-Sea

2,289

2,148

-141

Gloucestershire

7,140

6,987

-153

Cheshire East

4,300

4,141

-159

Gateshead

2,244

2,077

-167

Halton

1,689

1,522

-167

North East Lincolnshire

2,003

1,829

-174

Wirral

4,064

3,872

-192

Havering

3,328

3,133

-195

Telford and Wrekin

2,401

2,202

-199

South Tyneside

1,828

1,619

-209

Rutland

570

358

-212

Nottinghamshire

9,487

9,271

-216

Trafford

3,214

2,995

-219

Torbay

1,636

1,400

-236

West Berkshire

2,106

1,865

-241

Rotherham

3,480

3,238

-242

Redcar and Cleveland

1,918

1,647

-271

Calderdale

2,837

2,566

-271

Sunderland

3,230

2,956

-274

Walsall

3,733

3,456

-277

Bexley

3,395

3,095

-300

North Lincolnshire

2,232

1,922

-310

Cheshire West and Chester

4,085

3,748

-337

Westminster

1,663

1,313

-350

Sutton

3,084

2,711

-373

Isle of Wight

1,651

1,266

-385

Warwickshire

6,683

6,287

-396

Oldham

3,438

3,023

-415

Devon

8,105

7,681

-424

Wakefield

4,199

3,773

-426

Shropshire

3,302

2,869

-433

Wiltshire

5,802

5,328

-474

Doncaster

3,763

3,237

-526

Solihull

3,349

2,662

-687

Sefton

3,545

2,835

-710

Durham

6,065

5,334

-731

Bath and North East Somerset

2,545

1,802

-743

East Riding of Yorkshire

4,167

3,388

-779

Cornwall

6,293

5,497

-796

Derbyshire

9,012

8,129

-883

Lincolnshire

8,853

7,807

-1,046

Lancashire

14,688

13,441

-1,247

Cumbria

6,162

4,604

-1,558

North Yorkshire

7,604

5,961

-1,643

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