Specialist Schools

Education and Skills written question – answered on 24th April 2006.

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Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools there were in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills

The following table shows the number of schools there were in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency in each year between 1997 and March 2006.

Operational date England Taunton
Pre 1997 149 0
1997 223 1
1998 306 3
1999 383 3
2000 519 4
2001 670 4
2002 977 4
2003 1,440 7
2004 1,949 7
2005 2,379 7
2006 2,502 7

All of the maintained secondary schools in Taunton constituency have achieved specialist school status.

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