School estates statistics 2019

Statistics from the annual school estates core facts survey, including information on school condition and suitability, and the number of new builds and refurbishments.

Chapter 1: Introduction

This publication contains information collected in the annual School Estates Core Facts Survey. The survey collects information on the condition, suitability and capacity of all schools open on 1st April. Information is also collected on all schools that were built or substantially refurbished during the financial year.

It does not cover grant-aided schools, independent schools or early learning and childcare establishments.

This publication contains information from the 2019 survey, covering:

  • Schools open on 1st April 2019.
  • Schools built or substantially refurbished between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.

Further local authority and school level information is provided in the supplementary tables.

These statistics are used to monitor progress in improving the school estate.

This is the first ‘School Estate Statistics’ report as the reporting schedule for the School Estates Core Facts Survey has changed in 2019 to improve the timeliness of the publication and to better meet user needs. For more information please see the background notes.

1.1: Key definitions

School condition

  • This is the current state of the fabric of the school.

School suitability

  • This is a measure of whether a school is fit for the purpose of delivering the education curriculum.

Please see the Glossary for further definitions.



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