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Secondary Education: Barnet

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of the requirement for secondary school places amongst religious denominations in the London Borough of Barnet in the next five years.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

It is the responsibility of each local authority to balance the supply and demand for primary and secondary school places in their area and secure a place for every child of statutory age who wants one.

The Department for Education collects information from local authorities on the number of school places (school capacity) in state-funded primary and secondary schools, (except special schools) and local authorities’ own pupil forecasts, as part of the annual School Capacity Collection. The most recent data available relates to the position at May 2013 and is published online at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-capacity-academic-year-2012-to-2013

Information on the requirement for secondary school places amongst religious denominations is not available. Local authorities are required to provide pupil forecasts at planning area level and broken down by year group, from Reception to Year 13. We do not collect forecasts of pupil numbers by religious denomination.

We continue to provide capital funding to local authorities to assist them in providing additional school places, and we monitor the situation regularly to ensure there are sufficient places to meet local need. Barnet has been allocated a total of £68.7m for the period 2011-2015 and a further £14.8m for 2015-17 to help create the additional school places that will be needed by September 2017.

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