To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of nursery children who travel to and from nursery (a) by car, (b) by public transport, (c) on foot and (d) by bicycle.
The Department does not hold complete data relating to mode of travel to school. Provision of this information is only compulsory for those schools with an approved Travel Plan. The scope of collection includes: maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, city technology colleges, academies and special schools.
In the spring 2007 School Census, mode of travel data was supplied for almost 70 per cent. of pupils. The available information relating to nursery pupils is provided in the following table.
|LA maintained nursery and primary schools( 1) : nursery pupils by mode of travel( 2,3) , as at January 2007, England|
|Nursery pupils( 2)|
|Public service bus||3,010||0.9|
|Dedicated school bus||370||0.1|
|Bus (type not known)||980||0.3|
|Boarding pupil—not applicable||0||0.0|
|Mode of travel—not collected||112,540||35.1|
|(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. |
(2) Includes all pupils in maintained nursery schools and pupils in maintained primary schools whose national curriculum year group is nursery. Includes pupils with sole and dual (main) registration.
(3) Where a pupil uses more than one mode of travel for each journey to school, the longest element of the journey by distance should be recorded.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.