To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools in (a) rural and (b) urban areas closed in each of the last 10 years. 
The following table sets out the numbers of maintained mainstream primary schools in (a) rural and (b) urban areas which have closed in each year under local decision making arrangements, which were introduced in September 1999. Information about decisions made under the arrangements that operated prior to September 1999 is not reliable and is, therefore, not included:
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The table shows only school closures where the provision has ceased to be maintained and has not been replaced. There are other changes to school provision where a school closure is part of the process, but where replacement provision has been established e.g. a change to a schools religious character or where an infant and junior school amalgamate to become a primary school.
To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many small schools in each local education authority area have closed in each of the last 10 years. 
The number of small schools in each local education authority in England that have ceased to be maintained between 2002 and 2008 is shown in the following tables, broken down by primary, secondary and middle deemed secondary schools. Information on school size was not routinely collected prior to 2002.
Number of small( 1) primary schools ceased to be maintained since 2002