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Schools: Admissions

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many appeals were lodged by parents against non-admission of their children to (a) maintained primary schools and (b) maintained secondary schools by Cambridgeshire local education authority in each of the last 10 years; and how many were successful. (142513)

The requested information is shown in the following table:

Appeals lodged by parents against non-admission of their children to maintained primary and secondary schools: Position in each year 1996/97 to 2005/06: Cambridgeshire local authority

1996/971

1997/982

1998/99

1999/2000

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

Primary

Admission appeals lodged by parents

178

94

111

196

235

194

112

116

139

151

Appeals heard by an appeals panel

142

77

99

143

181

147

77

88

102

116

Appeals decided in parents’ favour

83

59

71

79

108

93

36

63

52

65

Secondary

Admission appeals lodged by parents

335

164

266

366

269

287

265

182

206

223

Appeals heard by an appeals panel

312

134

251

294

194

231

202

144

177

189

Appeals decided in parents’ favour

208

108

138

180

123

138

87

75

125

111

1 Includes Peterborough local authority as before local government reorganisation (LGR).

2 From 1 April 1998 : It is expected that the majority of appeals for the 1997/98 academic year will have been lodged prior to April 1998. In some cases these figures

are either included in the original authority totals or were not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the total number of places in schools in each year to 2025; (143323)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of surplus places in schools in each year to 2025.

The responsibility in law to plan school places is placed on local authorities. Local authorities are expected to take robust measures to remove surplus places and ensure that school places are where parents want them.

The Department collects data on the number of school places and numbers of pupils on roll on a school by school basis, together with LA wide pupil projections via an annual survey. The Department does not collect projections of the capacity of schools or the numbers of school places from local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in full-time education in each year to 2015. (143324)

The Department’s estimates for the number of pupils in full-time education in schools in England are shown as follows:

Projected numbers of pupils1 in all schools

Thousand

As at January each year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

All Maintained Schools2

7,383

7,300

7,208

7,157

7,076

Non-Maintained Special Schools

5

5

4

4

4

Academies3

45

80

134

162

220

City Technology Colleges

11

5

3

3

3

Independent Schools

566

564

561

559

556

All schools

8,010

7,953

7,911

7,885

7,860

1 Full-time equivalents, counting each part-time pupil as 0.5. The numbers have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

2 Pupil numbers in maintained schools includes those in nursery, primary, secondary (including pupils in sixth forms in secondary schools), maintained special schools and maintained Pupil Referral Units.

3 Projections are based on a target of 200 academies by 2011.

Projections are not shown beyond 2011 because of the increasing degree of uncertainty over time, particularly for post-compulsory schooling.