Data sources

This page contains links to some of the data sources free school groups use in compiling their application. You need data to demonstrate your rationale for the school. It is also helpful in building your budget and providing detailed assumptions.

Need for places

The below sources can help you to identify whether there will be a need for more school places in your area in future years. They also contain information on the existing educational provision, which can help you to find out whether schools in your Local Authority are oversubscribed and can also provide more general information such as class sizes and LA cross-border movement (i.e.pupils who have to travel outside their local area to go to school).

  • Your Local Authority's website - it is likely that your LA will have published information on school places planning. This will be the most accurate and up-to-date source of data on any need for places in your area.
  • Our map of need shows where there is a need for new schools across England.
  • School capacity - academic year 2014-2015: contains school capacities and pupil forecasts broken down by LA. 
  • Schools, pupils and their characteristics 2014: includes information on the number of schools and pupils, broken down by age, gender, FSM eligibility, ethnicity, and first language as well as information on class sizes. It also provides additional data such as numbers of pupils and schools for AP and Special schools by Local Authority.
  • London Atlas is an interactive online map providing detailed information about London schools, their attendance patterns and future demand for places from 2012-2017

Performance of local schools

  • Our map of need shows where there is a need for new schools across England.
  • DfE performance tables have information on school performance and characteristics, including end of key stage results and Ofsted ratings.
  • Ofsted reports of local schools
  • Ofsted's Data Dashboard enables you to find and compare schools’ data on progress, attendance, exam results and the extent to which they are narrowing the gap.
  • Local NEETs data - data on pupils Not in Education, Employment or Training.
  • Families of Schools database is a tool to help schools understand how the performance of their pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, compares to other schools with similar characteristics.
  • SchoolDash - lets you view maps of how schools do on a wide range of indicators

Contextual data