Department for Education written question – answered on 24th January 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools were run by (a) local authorities, (b) churches and (c) academies and (d) free schools on (i) 5 April 2010 and (ii) each subsequent year.

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

Information on the number and type of schools is collected in the school census and has been published from 2010 onwards in the statistical release ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics’ which can be found at the following link:

These include figures on the number of schools by both type (for example academy, voluntary aided or voluntary controlled) and religious character. A school may have a religious character but not be run directly by a church body. The relevant table for 2010 is table 2b and the relevant table for the most recent year (2019) table 2a. Data is collected as at January each year so a count on 5 April 2010 is not available.

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