Merseyside schools: The 12 most overcrowded primary schools in Liverpool according to government figures

Some schools have far more pupils than they should.

National Offer Day has arrived and parents will find out the primary school where their child has been offered a place in reception.

Not all children will get the school they put down as first choice and this could be because that particular institution is oversubscribed or over capacity. So, we’ve taken a look at the issue of overcrowding in Liverpool schools.

Department for Education figures show 49 schools were at or over capacity in Liverpool in the 2021-22 academic year. Of them, 44 were primary schools and five were secondary schools.

The Education Policy Institute said areas with schools operating close to or over capacity see teaching staff facing additional demand.

Across England, 17% of primary schools were full or over capacity while 23% of secondary schools, including sixth forms, were at or above capacity last year.

Jon Andrews, Education Policy Institute head of analysis, said the proportion of schools operating at over capacity is likely to fall in the coming years but warned that schools being over capacity places additional demands on teachers.

Governent response: A Department for Education spokesperson said it has created almost 1.2 million school places since 2010 and added many more are “in the pipeline”. They said: “The vast majority of schools listed as overcapacity are either at or just over recorded capacity, and we work closely with local authorities to make sure they offer a school place to every child in country.”

See if your child’s school is running at over capacity.