Question: Request asking for details of the number of school playing fields that have been sold in the years 1979 to 1997 and since 1998 along with the names of these schools and the towns in which they were located. Case Number 101795
Since 1997, 192 playing fields have been sold out of total of over 20,000 schools (this is compared to an estimated 10,000 between 1979 and 1997). 91 belonged to schools that were closing, 83 of those that remained open used the sale to improve their sports facilities and the remaining 18 improved their educational facilities.
We do not hold any further details of the number of school playing fields sold between 1979 and 2008. The sale of school playing fields is a matter for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
For further information DCSF can be contacted at:
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Public Communications Unit
Great Smith Street
Tel: 0870 000 2288
Textphone: 01928 794274
Fax: 01928 79 4248