Determining primary school capacity: guidance for local authorities

Guidance on the determination of the capacity of primary schools, with the aim of providing a consistent approach to calculating the capacity.

3. Approach

This guidance has been developed in consultation with a wide group of Local Authority stakeholders. An extensive review of existing literature on this topic has been undertaken as well as a review of Local Authorities' existing school capacity policies and relevant guidance and legislation (see Appendix 1 for a list of relevant guidance and legislation).

All Scottish Local Authorities were invited to be involved in the preparation and provision of this guidance.

Following consultation with CoSLA, ADES and Scottish Local Authorities, this document sets out the recommended approach to primary school capacity modelling in Scotland to create greater consistency across the country.


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