Schools: Location

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Janet Anderson Janet Anderson Labour, Rossendale and Darwen

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of 11-year-olds have no secondary school within two miles of their home; and how their interests will be taken into account under the guidance of the new Schools Admission Code.

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 percentage of 11-year-olds with no secondary school within two miles of their home is given in the following table. These distances are measured as a straight line between home and school.

Percentage of 11-year-olds( 1) with no secondary( 2) school within two miles of their home—2006
Pupils
Total number of 11-year-old pupils 557,151
Number of 11-year-old pupils with unknown residence 2,251
Number of 11-year-old pupils with no suitable secondary school within two miles of their home 51,483
Percentage of 11-year-old pupils with no suitable secondary school within two miles of their home 9.2
(1) Pupils aged 11 on 31 August 2005.

(2) Includes maintained secondary, middle deemed secondary, city technology colleges and academies.

Source:

School Census, January 2006

The new School Admissions Code rules out the use of unfair admission criteria, and encourages admission authorities for schools to consider how they can ensure fair access to schools for all children in their area. Local authorities must provide free home-to-school transport for secondary pupils attending their nearest suitable school where the school is beyond the statutory walking distance of three miles.

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 extends rights to free home-to-school transport to a choice of three maintained schools and academies for children from low-income families (defined as those whose children are entitled to free school meals or who are in receipt of their maximum level of working tax credit) where they live between two and six miles from their chosen school. This will remove the lack of affordable transport as a barrier to choice for these families.

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