Available to Academies and Independent Schools in Southend
A Net Capacity Assessment is intended to provide a single, robust and consistent method of assessing the capacity of a school. It is used for a number of purposes:
- It will indicate the number of surplus or additional places that are needed within a school.
- It will indicate the admission number that the school can generally accommodate.
- It will inform decisions about how basic need capital resources are best deployed.
- It will give an independently completed, recognised pro-forma to inform appeals panels.
- It offers prospective parents a benchmark to assess the school accommodation against.
For primary schools, the net capacity is calculated on the number and size of spaces designated as ‘class bases’.
For secondary schools, it is based on the number, size and type of teaching spaces and the age range of the school. In both cases this is checked against the total usable space available to support the core teaching activities.
The starting point for the Net Capacity calculation is a CAD drawing showing the school’s internal layout and correct identification of the use of all areas. This does not need to be to scale as long as square meter floor spaces are known. The net capacity of a school is then assessed by inputting this data into the DfE Net Capacity Assessment Form.
The school development team holds both layout drawings and net capacity forms for all Southend Schools and update maintained schools at least every two years. This service is also offered to Academy Schools with costs scaled as shown.