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Class Sizes

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of secondary school students were in classes containing more than 30 pupils in (a) Torbay and (b) England in the last period for which figures are available. (77868)

The requested information is given in the following table.

Maintained secondary schools: class sizes1,2. As at January 2006 (Provisional).

Classes taught by one teacher

Classes with 1 to 30 pupils

Classes with 31 or more pupils

All classes

Number of pupils

Percentage of pupils

Number of pupils

Percentage of pupils

Number of pupils

Percentage of pupils

England

2,746,070

88.6

351,960

11.4

3,098,030

100.0

Torbay local authority area

7,960

93.3

570

6.7

8,530

100.0

1 Classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January. 2 Includes middle schools as deemed. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown. Source: Schools Census