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Measuring the capacity of schools in Wales

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The capacity of a school is the number of pupils it can accommodate.

This guidance describes the method of assessing the capacity of primary and secondary schools and deriving appropriate admission numbers from the capacity. This method can be used:

  • for planning school places
  • to report on surplus capacity
  • to set school admission numbers.

This document refreshes Measuring the Capacity of Schools in Wales National Assembly for Wales Circular No: 09/2006 to provide updated, clarified guidance. While the method remains unchanged, the fuller guidance should ensure that school capacities and admission numbers are calculated more consistently across Wales.

The document is a handbook for practitioners. It must always be read in conjunction with, and cannot take precedence over, the Welsh Government School Admissions Code and related regulations. Both documents are updated from time to time.

Kathryn Massey / Chris Morgans
Tel: (029) 2080 1013 / (029) 2082 6065
Fax: (029) 2082 6109
E-mail: SchoolsManagementDivision3@wales.gsi.gov.uk