State Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of state schools in England are classified as (a) rural town and fringe, (b) in a sparse setting, (c) rural village and hamlet, (d) urban, (f) urban major conurbation, (g) urban minor conurbation and (h) urban city and town.

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

Table 1 below details the number of state[1] schools in England at each rural/urban classification.

Table 2 below details the percentage of state schools in England at each rural/urban classification.

Table 1

Number of schools

Rural/Urban Classification

Primary

Secondary

All-through

Rural hamlet and isolated dwelling

731

48

4

Rural hamlet and isolated dwellings in a sparse setting

83

3

0

Rural town and fringe

1766

325

8

Rural town and fringe in a sparse setting

83

33

1

Rural village

2051

58

7

Rural village in a sparse setting

153

6

1

Urban city and town

6422

1511

64

Urban city and town in a sparse setting

24

11

0

Urban major conurbation

4900

1124

79

Urban minor conurbation

553

106

5

Table 2

Rural/Urban Classification

Percentage of state schools

Rural hamlet and isolated dwelling

3.88%

Rural hamlet and isolated dwellings in a sparse setting

0.43%

Rural town and fringe

10.41%

Rural town and fringe in a sparse setting

0.58%

Rural village

10.50%

Rural village in a sparse setting

0.79%

Urban city and town

39.67%

Urban city and town in sparse setting

0.17%

Urban major conurbation

30.27%

Urban minor conurbation

3.29%[2]

Information about all open and closed schools in England is available on Get Information about Schools[3] (the Department’s register of schools). This can be found at:

www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk.

[1] The Ofsted definition of a state funded school has been used. This definition does not include local authority maintained nursery schools, alternative provision or special schools.

[2] The percentages used have been rounded to two decimal places.

[3] Responsibility for updating Get Information about Schools is shared between the Department, schools and local authorities and therefore we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data.

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