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.

4. Timescale

To avoid cutting across admission and placing request processes, it is recommended that Local Authorities, if they choose to do so, implement this guidance from January 2015 for the start of the new school session in August 2015 where possible.

As with any new guidance of this nature, there will be a transitional period as Local Authorities begin to adopt it. During this time it is reasonable for Local Authorities to apply their existing methodology when making decisions regarding their school estate until such a time when the Local Authority incorporates this guidance into its own processes. It is not expected that Local Authorities would re-calculate capacities in current closure consultations.


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