Local authorities have a statutory responsibility for ensuring there are sufficient schools, and therefore school places.
Accurately forecasting demand is challenging. The Local Authority use Office for National Statistics (ONS) population projections, among other sources of evidence, to help forecast the school population. All forecasts are by their very nature uncertain and represent a snapshot at a particular point in time.
The information below shows school forecasts (based on January 2015 pupil numbers) for mainstream schools serving the population of North Yorkshire. Each school forecast is shown in a locality area. These forecasts and projected numbers are monitored and updated on a regular basis. They take account of known outstanding housing allocations and outstanding planning permissions within each District Council or National Park's Authority. However, whilst there is good co-operation between County, District Councils and National Park Authorities the data is subject to differing degrees of time-lag in terms of accurate updating and as such these can only be used as a guide.