Faith Schools: Islam

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 24th March 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his most recent estimate is of the number of children who are being educated at Muslim schools.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

There are currently 11 maintained Muslim schools (six primary schools and five secondary schools), all of which have opened since 1997, out of a total of 20,099 maintained schools. We are not currently aware of any proposals for new maintained Muslim schools which have been approved to open.

According to the January 2009 school census, there are 4,230 pupils being educated at the 11 maintained Muslim schools (1,933 at primary and 2,297 at secondary) and 16,543 pupils being educated at the 117 independent Muslim schools.

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