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School capacity survey: guide for local authorities

The annual school capacity survey (SCAP) collects information on:

primary and secondary school capacity for the current academic year
primary pupil number forecasts for the next 5 academic years
secondary pupil number forecasts for the next 7 academic years
plans for changes to the number of primary and secondary places for the next 3 academic years

Survey returns must include mainstream schools with capacity in any of the year groups from reception to year 11 on 1 May. This includes:

local authority maintained schools
academies, including:
free schools
city technology colleges
university technical colleges
studio schools

The survey takes place every year in June and July.

SCAP is a statutory collection. You must complete statutory collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

2022 SCAP dates:

collection opens on Monday 6 June
deadline for submitting your data is Friday 29 July

Submit your data

You’ll need to:

register and log in with DfE Sign-in

use COLLECT to submit your data

SCAP22 documents

Our guidance will help you complete the 2022 school capacity collection:

Do you need help?

DfE Sign-in

Read the help page for guidance on DfE Sign-in.


Use the service request form for:

issues accessing COLLECT
any technical problems

Data issues

Email [email protected] for advice on the SCAP guidance or any other issues.

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