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Dudley Council
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Place Planning and School Organisation

We have a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places in the Dudley borough.

Our Place Planning Team fulfils this as set out in the Education Act 1996, added to by Section 2 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to secure sufficient primary and secondary schools (including having regard for the need to secure Special Education Needs Provision for pupils with SEN).

Our team complete the mandatory School Capacity Collection (SCAP Return) for the Department of Education annually. This provides school level data for every school in the borough, including Number on Roll (NOR), Planned Admission Number (PAN), Net Capacity and Pupil Projections. All of this data and information is used to determine where school places are needed.

We ensure statutory legislation, namely (Schedule 14 of the Education Act 2011) is adhered to, specifically for the following functions:

  • Alteration or expansion of maintained schools
  • Transfer of land on the change of a school category (e.g. from a community school to a trust or academy)
  • Closure of maintained schools
  • Disposal of land on school sites

We review all Primary, Secondary and Special School Places against the demand. We identify areas of shortfall and surplus to enable appropriate places to be commissioned, ensuring we provide sufficient places.


We have a statutory duty to consult when certain changes are made to maintained schools, including the transfer of land on the change of a school category (for example for a community school to a trust or academy).

Our team instigates the statutory processes (including publication of consultations and statutory notices).

Pupil projections

Our pupil place planning processes are robust and endorsed by the Education Funding Agency. We have developed a projection model that incorporates live birth data, new housing developments, cohort survival, cross border movement and admissions preferences.