Schools: Closures

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools closed in (i) Cambridgeshire, (ii) Cumbria, (iii) Devon and Cornwall, (iv) Durham, (v) Dyfed-Powys, (vi) Gloucestershire, (vii) Lincolnshire, (viii) Norfolk, (ix) North Yorkshire, (x) West Mercia and (xi) Wiltshire in each of the last nine 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 following tables set out the numbers of primary and secondary maintained mainstream schools which have closed in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Durham, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire. The tables include cases in which decisions were taken under the local decision-making arrangements which were introduced in September 1999. Information held on proposals that were decided under the arrangements that operated prior to September 1999 is not reliable and has therefore been excluded. The National Assembly for Wales is responsible for schools in Dyfed and Powys.

The tables include the reasons for closure. The numbers shown in the column headed 'Cease to Maintain' indicate closures where the schools have not been replaced by new schools. In all other cases a replacement school will have been established (sometimes on the site of a closing school), or an amalgamating school altered, to accommodate displaced pupils.

(i) Cambridgeshire
Due to amalgamation For fresh start Total
2000 Primary 2 2
2001 Primary 2 2
2002 Primary 4 4
2003 Primary 4 4
2004 Primary 2 2
2006 Primary 3 3
2006 Secondary 2 2
2007 Primary 4 4
2007 Secondary 1 1
Total 23 1 24
(ii) Cumbria
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total
2000 Primary 2 2
2001 Primary 4 4
2002 Primary 8 8
2003 Primary 2 2
2004 Primary 2 2 4
2005 Primary 1 5 6
2006 Primary 2 2
Total 5 23 28
(iii) Devon and Cornwall
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total
2002 Primary 3 3
2003 Primary 4 4
2004 Primary 1 2 3
2005 Primary 12 12
2006 Primary 2 2
2007 Primary 2 2 4
Total 3 25 28
(iv) Durham
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total
2002 Primary 4 4
2003 Primary 2 2
2004 Primary 2 2
2006 Primary 10 10
2007 Primary 6 6
Total 2 22 24
(vi) Gloucestershire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Change religious character Total
2000 Primary 2 2
2001 Primary 4 4
2005 Primary 4 4
2006 Secondary 1 1
2007 Primary 1 1
2007 Secondary 1 1
Total 1 10 2 13
(vii) Lincolnshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Change religious character For fresh start Total
2001 Primary 1 1
2004 Primary 1 1
2004 Secondary 1 1
2005 Primary 1 1 2
2006 Primary 1 1 2
2007 Primary 1 2 3
Total 4 4 1 1 10
(viii) Norfolk
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total
2001 Primary 2 2
2003 Primary 2 2
2006 Primary 1 1
2007 Primary 30 30
Total 1 34 35
(ix) North Yorkshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Total
2006 Primary 1 2 3
2007 Primary 2 2
Total 3 2 5
(x) West Mercia (Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and Worcestershire)
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation For fresh start To allow for a new establishment Change religious character For an academy Total
2002 Primary 2 2
2003 Primary 1 1
2004 Primary 4 1 5
2004 Secondary 1 1
2005 Primary 1 8 9
2006 Primary 13 13
2006 Secondary 1 1
2007 Primary 1 33 1 35
2007 Secondary 14 2 1 17
Total 6 72 1 1 3 1 84
(xi) Wiltshire
Cease to maintain Due to amalgamation Change religious character Total
2002 Primary 1 1
2002 Secondary 1 1
2003 Primary 3 3
2004 Primary 2 2
2004 Secondary 1 1 2
2005 Primary 2 4 6
2005 Secondary 3 3
2006 Primary 1 8 9
2007 Primary 2 5 7
Total 11 22 1 34

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