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Schools: Admissions

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of surplus school places there were in those local authorities ranked in the (a) top 10 and (b) bottom 10 in terms of the share of pupils achieving five A* to C GCSEs, including English and mathematics in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (203493)

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of surplus school places through an annual survey. The most recent data available relate to the position at January 2007.

The following table shows the number of surplus places in maintained secondary schools in local authorities that ranked nationally in the top 10 and lowest 10 in terms of the share of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSEs, including English and mathematics.

Percentage of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSE grades or equivalent, including English and Maths1

Surplus as a percentage of total secondary school places

LAs—top10

Sutton

65.00

4

Isles of Scilly

64.70

20

Kingston upon Thames

61.70

5

Redbridge

61.50

3

Trafford

60.80

9

Buckinghamshire

60.50

4

Barnet

59.70

10

Hammersmith and Fulham

58.00

16

Rutland

58.00

11

Wokingham

57.60

7

LAs—lowest 10

Greenwich

34.00

12

Portsmouth

33.10

9

Nottingham City

33.10

17

Manchester

32.30

9

Middlesbrough

31.90

11

Barnsley

31.50

4

Bristol, City of

31.50

17

Sandwell

30.20

8

Kingston-upon-Hull, City of

30.00

8

Knowsley

26.50

18

1 Figures relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in all schools published in the Schools Achievement and Attainment tables.

2 The Five Islands Schools on the Isles of Scilly has 2 per cent. surplus places. This is included in our published primary school figures as the school is an all-through school which is middle-deemed primary.