The Department collects information from each local authority on the number of primary and secondary surplus school places via an annual survey.
The number of surplus places is not broken down into year groups. Local authorities provide the number of places (net capacity) for each secondary school as a whole; school sixth forms are not reported on separately because much of the space in secondary schools is shared between sixth form and other pupils.
The following table shows the number of surplus places in maintained secondary schools between 2005 and 2009 which are the most recent data available.
Secondary surplus places1 Surplus as a percentage of total secondary places 2009 309,712 9 2008 298,859 9 2007 271,175 8 2006 244,111 7 2005 227,168 7 1 Number of places relate to position as at January Source: Surplus Places Survey
Secondary surplus places1
Surplus as a percentage of total secondary places
1 Number of places relate to position as at January
Surplus Places Survey
The planned delivery of academy and city technology college sixth form places in academic year 2010/11 shown in the DCSF/LSC Statement of Priorities document is 37,000 compared with 25,000 in 2009/10. This increase was estimated in the autumn of 2009 using the 2009/10 funded numbers at existing academies and CTCs; the historical rate of increase in academy provision as their sixth forms grow (reflecting their role in increasing participation) to estimate the growth into 2010/11; and the average size of sixth form in maintained schools converting into academies. The major part of the increase between years is actually due to the expected conversion of up to 80 maintained schools into academies in 2010/11. The actual increase in funded places will depend on the allocations process for individual academies, which is still under way.