Rise in 'over-capacity' secondary schools

Government dismisses claims that new figures reveal a 'school places crisis'.


An increasing number of secondary schools are over-capacity in Year 7, according to new figures.


And in at least three local authority areas, more than two-thirds of schools opened in September with more Year 7 pupils than their published admission number allows.


The Liberal Democrat Party, which collated the figures from Freedom of Information responses from councils, warned of a “school places crisis”.


Year 7 capacity


For the 48 councils that provided figures for Year 7 pupils, just more than a quarter of secondary schools (26 per cent) were over capacity, compared to 21 per cent two years ago.


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