Thousands of spare secondary school places in London identified

The BBC is reporting that there are enough spare places at London’s secondary schools to house the equivalent of 84 primary schools.

There are 42,500 spare places at secondary schools across the capital, BBC analysis of Department for Education figures found.

Some of the secondary schools have enough free capacity to accommodate one or more entire primary schools.

Educating younger pupils on secondary school sites is known as “co-locating”.

Fifty-eight secondary schools in London have enough space to house an average-sized primary school with 263 pupils.

A further thirteen schools could fit two primaries on their site.

“Co-locating” already happens in big US cities such as New York and Chicago, which face a struggle for space similar to that in London.

Of the 1,800 public schools in New York, 63% are co-locating…

The New Schools Network, which helps set up free schools across England, believes co-locating could help address what they see as a lack of suitable sites in London.

Sarah Pearson, NSN’s director, commented: ”For free schools it’s not uncommon for them to have a very small first couple of years, with just a few year groups.

“This could offer them a home for the first two or three years while their permanent building is being created.”

London Councils points out that much of the spare capacity will most likely be needed to cope with a huge growing demand for secondary places…

More at: Thousands of spare secondary school places in London identified

 

Do you see any potential in the idea of more schools ‘co-locating’ where a current surplus of places in secondary schools could help ease the burden on primary schools? 

Seems to me it would require a significant amount of planning and modelling to get it right – especially as the population bubble moves through to secondary – but an option that should be looked at?

Do let us know what you think…

 

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Comments

  1. We’re told that free schools will help tackle the school place crisis.  And where are there are large number of free schools?  The answer in London.
    Now we’re told by the organisation that promotes free schools, the New Schools Network, that there are surplus places in London and schools with empty places could allow another school (a free school, presumably) to share their premises.
    ‘Co-location’ may be used extensively in New York but it’s caused problems such as whether the ‘guest’ school pays rent to the ‘host’ school.  Other potential problems are clashes over ethos (eg ‘zero-tolerance’ v flexibility) and whether children will accept the authority of ‘guest’ or ‘host’ teachers.

  2. We’re told that free schools will help tackle the school place crisis.  And where are there are large number of free schools?  The answer in London.
    Now we’re told by the organisation that promotes free schools, the New Schools Network, that there are surplus places in London and schools with empty places could allow another school (a free school, presumably) to share their premises.
    ‘Co-location’ may be used extensively in New York but it’s caused problems such as whether the ‘guest’ school pays rent to the ‘host’ school.  Other potential problems are clashes over ethos (eg ‘zero-tolerance’ v flexibility) and whether children will accept the authority of ‘guest’ or ‘host’ teachers.

  3. TW

    Looks like the New Schools Network charity and its ideological fellow travellers at the DfE are getting desperate.

  4. wasateacher

    There may be the surplus places now, but will there be by the time the bulge hits secondary schools.  The shortage of primary places which move to the secondary.  A very good reason for having the planning of schools places and the ability to open new schools handed back to local authorities.

  5. wasateacher

    There may be the surplus places now, but will there be by the time the bulge hits secondary schools.  The shortage of primary places which move to the secondary.  A very good reason for having the planning of schools places and the ability to open new schools handed back to local authorities.

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