Template press release on overcrowded schools

See below a template press release you can adapt on the number of over capacity schools in your local area and example press release.

LDHQ have compiled figures here on the number of secondary schools that are full or over capacity by local authority in England, based on responses to Freedom of Information Requests from local councils.

Figures are available on the number of schools that are full or oversubscribed in Year 7 for September 2017 and the two previous years (see first tab).

We also have figures on how many schools are full or above their physical capacity as a whole in September 2017 (see second tab).

Please note there aren’t figures for every local authority as some councils did not provide information.

TEMPLATE PRESS RELEASE

X in Y secondary schools in AREA full or over capacity

X in Y secondary schools in AREA are full or oversubscribed in Year 7 this term, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

In total (INSERT NUMBER from here) secondary schools in the area are either full or over capacity in Year 7 (if applicable – an increase from X the previous year/two years ago).

(INSERT NUMBER) schools are above their overall net capacity, meaning there is deemed to not be enough teaching space available for the number of pupils.

The figures are based on responses to Freedom of Information requests to local councils by the Liberal Democrats.

It comes after analysis by the Local Government Association warned that over 125,000 children across the country face missing out on a secondary school place by 2022/23.

Liberal Democrat (SPOKESPERSON) commented:

“These figures expose the growing school places crisis in AREA.

“Our classrooms are too overcrowded and our teachers are too overworked.

“The government needs to invest more to relieve pressure on our local schools, create more places and ensure no child is left behind.

“The Liberal Democrats want to ensure every parent can send their child to a decent school in their local area and give every pupil has the best possible start in life.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Full data by council can be found here

In total 100 councils provided information on capacity of secondary schools in their area. 91 provided information on overall net capacity in September 2017, while 48 councils provided information on capacity in Year 7 (based on published admission numbers) in September 2017.

The figures reveal that across the country:

  • Over half (53%) of secondary schools are currently full or over capacity in Year 7, up from 44% two years ago.
    • One in four (25.9%) secondary schools are over capacity in Year 7, meaning they admitted more pupils than their published admissions number (PAN). This is up from one in five (20.6%) two years ago.
    • 27% of secondary schools are fully subscribed in Year 7, up from 23% two years ago.
  • 40% of secondary schools are either full or over their net capacity as a whole, meaning the number of pupils at the school is above the recommended level given the amount of teaching space available.

Analysis by the Local Government Association has warned that over 125,000 children face missing out on a secondary school place by 2022/23 (link)

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