Suffolk schools have more than 10,000 vacant secondary school places. This is nearly one in six of the available capacity, according to Department for Education figures.
Suffolk has the 17th highest proportion of vacant spaces out of 153 local education authorities.
My thanks to @placefarm, from whose Google map I drew the figure given in my previous post. That, I now know, was for one year only. The education debarment’s spreadsheet, dated May last year, with all the details can be downloaded here.
This makes it even more ridiculous that Free Schools are being planned to add to the 10,632 places already vacant in the county.
Perhaps some of Michael Gove’s cabinet colleagues would like to talk to him about waste in the public sector. His education department now funds directly the many schools which have become academies and free schools.
There is not a lot the local education authority can do now. The buck stops in Whitehall.