Rural Schools

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor Shadow Minister (Social Exclusion), Cabinet Office, Social Exclusion, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities, Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Cornwall and (ii) England are located in rural areas.

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

The available information for Cornwall and England is given in the following table.

For similar information on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland I refer the hon. Member to the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Department for Education.

Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : Number and percentage of schools by urban/rural classification( 2,3) —As at January 2006
Cornwall local authority area
Primary Secondary
Rural( 4) Urban( 5) Total Rural( 4) Urban( 5) Total
Number of schools 169 70 239 12 19 31
Percentage of schools 70.7 29.3 100.0 38.7 61.3 100.0
Primary Secondary
Rural( 4) Urban( 5) Total Rural( 4) Urban( 5) Total
Number of schools 5,251 12,253 17,504 524 2,843 3,367
Percentage of schools 30.0 70.0 100.0 15.6 84.4 100.0
(1 )Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Urban/rural classification for schools is based on the school's current postcode. (3) Schools have been classified as being in either an urban or rural area by matching their school postcode to the Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004 indicator held within the May 2006 National Statistics Postcode Directory. Areas are classified as urban or rural at the Census Output Area (COA) level, and postcodes are classified according to the status of the COA in which they are located. (4) Includes schools in the following classifications: hamlet and isolated dwelling (sparse and less sparse), town and fringe (sparse and less sparse), village (sparse and less sparse). (5) Includes schools in Urban = 10k (sparse and less sparse) classifications. Source: School Census and Edubase

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