School places

I am looking for information on how all reception year primary school places in Devon were allocated over the last 3 years (September 2016-September 2018 starters).

Please can you provide allocation statements for all of the primary schools in Devon over the past 3 years which include:

1. The number of applications/preferences received for the school.

2. The number of reception places available.

In response to questions 1 and 2, please see the tables available via the links below:

Applications and places in 2016

Applications and places in 2017

Applications and places in 2018

3. Where a school was oversubscribed, please can you provide the numbers of children allocated a place in each oversubscription category and the furthest distance between the school and home address.

We do not hold a central record of this information.  We would therefore have to manually review the data from each school to establish how many children were offered a place in each category.

Each school can have 1-10 categories and there are approximately 320 schools x 3 years worth of data.  This would take approximately 10-15 minutes for each year’s worth of data for each year and it would therefore take in the region of 240 hours to manually extract this data.  This is in excess of the appropriate limit and this information is therefore exempt from disclosure pursuant to s.12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

4. How many children were initially refused a place at the school.

Please the table available via the link below for information for all three years:

Refusals 2016-2018