In the quest to meet parental demand, a number of schools in Sunderland have been operating above their official capacity. Photographs: Google

The Sunderland schools that were operating over their official capacity, according to Department for Education figures

It’s that time of the year again when parents have been anxiously waiting to see if their children have gained places at their secondary and primary schools of choice.

By Neil Fatkin
Friday, 6th May 2022, 4:55 am

High performing schools in particular are often oversubscribed. In the quest to accommodate demand, and with academy trusts now given the autonomy to assess their own staffing and resources and make decisions on intake, it’s a situation which led 3,500 schools in England operating above their original official capacity.

Latest figures published by the Department of Education for the 2020/21 academic year showed 3,537 schools were operating at or beyond their capacity with a combined 56,000 extra pupils on their roll.

There were more than 2,700 primary schools over capacity across England, with almost 21,000 extra pupils between them, and more than 750 secondary schools over capacity, with an extra 35,000 pupils.

In total these schools were over capacity by 56,368 pupils.

Here we look at which schools in Sunderland Local Authority were operating above their original official capacity last year. Reasons previously cited by local schools for increased intake is trying to accommodate parental demand successful appeals for places.

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