Private Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 5th February 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in England are being educated outside the state education system.

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 number and percentage of pupils attending independent schools are given in the table.

A primary/secondary indicator is not collected from independent schools, so a breakdown by age group has been provided.

Independent schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils( 2) as at January 2006—England
Number (headcount) of pupils
Pupils aged( 3) All schools Independent schools Percentage of pupils in independent schools( 4)
Under 5 905,940 64,040 7.1
5 to 10 3,618,470 200,440 5.5
11 to 15 3,238,020 233,820 7.2
16 and over 453,230 82,210 18.1
Total 8,215,660 580,510 7.1
(1) Excludes direct grant nursery schools, city technology colleges and academies

(2) Excludes dually registered pupils.

(3) Age as at 31 August 2005.

(4) The number of pupils in independent schools expressed as a percentage of pupils across all schools.


Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.


Schools Census

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