Schools: Transport

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in (a) England and (b) Coventry have to travel out of their ward to attend school.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Of the 7.3 million pupils in England as of January 2017 in reception to Year 11 year groups, 4.1 million (or 56.6 per cent) attended a school located outside the ward where the pupil lives. For pupils living in Coventry local authority, 25,700 (or 52.2 per cent) attended a school located in the electoral ward where the pupil lives and 23,600 (or 47.8 per cent) attend a school located outside the ward where the pupil lives.

It is important to note that some children will be travelling further distances to attend specialist provision, whilst others may live close to boundary lines and travelling outside of the ward involves a shorter than expected journey to reach school, or they may choose to travel further in order to attend a preferred school.

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