Primary Education: Closures

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 19th February 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many primary schools closed in England in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The numbers of Primary Schools closed in England in each of the last 10 years are given in the table.

Phase of Education
Close date Middle deemed primary Primary Grand total
1997 4 168 172
1998 3 171 174
1999 3 194 197
2000 6 182 188
2001 4 244 248
2002 3 223 226
2003 0 207 207
2004 9 219 228
2005 5 241 246
2006 2 246 248
2007 13 279 292
Grand total 52 2,374 2,426

Schools can be closed for a number of reasons including: to meet demographic changes (population decline); as part of an amalgamation; to allow a Fresh Start school to replace a school in special measures; to allow a school with a religious character to replace a school without a religious character; or as part of another type of local reorganisation.

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