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Sixth Form Education: Admissions

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many surplus places there were in school sixth forms in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (323295)

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
















1 Number of places relate to position as at January


Surplus Places Survey

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to table 3 on page 17 of his Department's 16-19 Statement of priorities and investment strategy 2010-11, what specific data the Young People's Learning Agency used to predict an increase in 10,000 enrolments in academy sixth forms in 2010-11. (323296)

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.