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Schools: Closures

Nick Herbert: 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. [256452]

Jim Knight: 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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Closed—cease to maintain
Locale Rural Urban

2000

2

7

2001

1

19

2002

5

15

2003

6

18

2004

11

21

2005

10

17

2006

10

25

2007

14

23

2008

14

28

Total

73

173


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 school’s religious character or where an infant and junior school amalgamate to become a primary school.

Mr. Gray: 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. [258283]

Jim Knight: 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.


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Number of small( 1) primary schools ceased to be maintained since 2002
Local authority 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Total

Barnsley

1

1

Bath and North East Somerset

2

2

Bedfordshire

1

1

Bolton

1

1

1

3

Bury

2

2

Cheshire

1

1

1

3

6

Cornwall

1

1

2

Cumbria

2

1

1

1

5

Derby, City of

1

1

Derbyshire

1

2

3

Devon

1

1

Dudley

1

1

Durham

1

1

East Riding of Yorkshire

1

1

1

3

Gloucestershire

1

1

2

Hackney

1

1

Hampshire

1

1

Herefordshire

1

1

1

3

Hertfordshire

2

2

Kent

1

1

4

1

7

Lincolnshire

1

1

1

1

4

Liverpool

1

1

Manchester

1

1

North Somerset

1

1

North Yorkshire

1

2

1

4

Northamptonshire

1

1

Northumberland

1

3

1

5

Nottingham, City of

1

1

Nottinghamshire

1

1

2

Oxfordshire

1

1

Sefton

1

1

2

Shropshire

1

1

2

Somerset

1

1

Staffordshire

2

1

1

4

Suffolk

1

1

2

Surrey

1

1

West Sussex

1

1

Wigan

1

1

Wiltshire

2

2

1

2

7

Wirral

1

1

2

Wolverhampton

1

1

Worcestershire

1

1

2

Total

6

14

9

12

11

22

21

95

(1) Small Primary = Less than 100 pupils

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