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Schools: Construction

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th October 2015.

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Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average cost of building a primary school in England was in 2014 excluding the cost of land.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education does not centrally collect data on building new primary schools across all local authorities in England. The cost of building schools varies significantly depending on local factors, including the size of the school. Local authorities report the cost per place of providing new school places through the annual School Capacity data collection. For primary schools this data has been used to produce basic need scorecards. The scorecards detail the cost per place, including for new schools, for each local authority. The latest published scorecards are for the academic year 2013/14 and can be accessed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/primary-school-places-local-authority-basic-need-scorecards-2014.

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