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Schools: Bournemouth

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average grant per child for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Bournemouth is in 2008-09. (212461)

The dedicated schools grant (DSG) guaranteed unit of funding per pupil for 2008-09 for Bournemouth local authority is £3,820. As the DSG is distributed through a single guaranteed unit of funding per pupil, a primary/secondary split is not available; this figure covers all funded pupils aged three to 15 and is in cash terms (rounded to the nearest £10). This figure covers funding through the DSG only and so does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding; there is also funding from the Learning and Skills Council and other grants that support the schools budget where allocations have not yet been finalised for 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of places in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Bournemouth which are surplus. (212462)

The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of surplus school places via an annual survey. The most recent data available were collected in January 2007 when Bournemouth had 1,389 spare primary school places, representing 12 per cent. of total primary capacity, and 778 spare secondary school places, representing 8 per cent. of total secondary capacity.