Number of “oversubscribed” secondary schools halves in past decade, figures show

According to The Telegraph, the number of secondary schools with too many pupils has halved in the past decade amid the rise in new schools, official figures show.

Figures released by the Department for Education (DfE) today show that 96,000 new school places have been created in England in the past year.

This takes the total number created since 2010 to 921,000 and means that the government is on track to create an extra one million school places nationwide between 2010 and 2020.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said: “Children only get one chance at an education and they deserve the best, wherever they live and whatever their background.

“That’s why this Government is undertaking the biggest expansion in school places in two generations – and the statistics out today show we are well on track to create one million places this decade.”

Most recently the DfE announced 37 special free schools and two alternative provision free schools, in addition to over 400 free schools already open and more than 250 due to open in the coming years.

The DfE figures comes amid a rise in academy and grammar schools. Data from the National Audit Office shows that as of January 2018, 7,472 state-funded schools were academies (35 per cent), of which 6,996 had converted from maintained schools.

Last summer a BBC analysis of official data found that there are 11,000 more grammar school pupils in England now than in 2010. By 2021, the data suggests that the number of extra places created will be equivalent to 24 new grammar schools compared to eight years ago.

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