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Special Schools

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) independent and (b) maintained special schools have opened in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority. (102049)

The numbers of special schools opened, by local authority, from 1997 to 2006 are as follows:

(a) Independent special schools

Local authority

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Grand total

Barking and Dagenham

1

1

Barnsley

1

1

1

Bedfordshire

1

1

2

Birmingham

1

1

2

Blackburn with Darwen

1

1

2

Blackpool

1

2

3

Bradford

1

1

Brighton and Hove

1

1

Bristol City of

1

1

2

Bromley

1

1

Buckinghamshire

1

1

1

1

4

Bury

1

1

Calderdale

1

1

1

3

Cambridgeshire

1

1

1

3

6

Camden

1

1

Cheshire

1

1

1

3

6

Cornwall

1

1

2

Croydon

1

1

1

1

1

2

7

Cumbria

1

1

1

1

1

5

Derby

1

1

Derbyshire

1

2

3

Devon

2

1

2

5

East Riding of Yorkshire

1

1

2

East Sussex

1

2

1

1

1

1

7

Enfield

1

1

Essex

1

1

Gloucestershire

2

2

Hackney

1

1

Halton

2

2

Hammersmith and Fulham

1

1

Hampshire

1

1

Haringey

1

1

Herefordshire

1

1

1

3

Hertfordshire

1

1

Kensington and Chelsea

1

1

Kent

1

3

1

4

1

1

2

2

9

24

Kingston upon Hull City of

1

1

2

Kirklees

1

1

Lambeth

1

1

Lancashire

1

1

1

1

2

5

3

14

Leicester

1

1

Leicestershire

1

1

1

3

Lincolnshire

2

2

Liverpool

1

1

2

Manchester

1

1

1

1

4

Medway

1

1

Merton

1

1

Newcastle upon Tyne

1

1

Norfolk

2

2

4

North Lincolnshire

1

1

North Tyneside

1

1

North Yorkshire

1

1

2

Northamptonshire

1

1

2

Northumberland

1

1

Nottingham

1

1

Nottinghamshire

1

6

7

Oldham

1

1

Oxfordshire

1

1

Peterborough

1

1

Plymouth

1

1

Poole

1

1

Rochdale

1

6

15

22

Rutland

1

1

Salford

1

1

2

Sefton

1

1

2

Shropshire

1

1

1

1

2

5

11

Somerset

2

3

1

3

3

12

Southampton

1

2

3

Southend-on-Sea

1

1

2

Southwark

1

1

St. Helens

1

1

Staffordshire

1

1

2

Stockport

1

1

Stoke-on-Trent

1

1

Suffolk

3

3

Surrey

1

2

3

Sutton

2

1

3

Tameside

1

1

Telford and Wrekin

1

1

2

Waltham Forest

1

1

Wandsworth

1

1

Warrington

1

2

3

Warwickshire

1

1

West Berkshire

1

1

West Sussex

1

2

2

2

7

Westminster

1

1

Wiltshire

1

1

1

3

Windsor and Maidenhead

1

1

Grand total

8

8

15

12

24

19

19

20

51

81

257

(b) Maintained special schools

Local authority

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Grand total

Barking and Dagenham

1

1

Barnsley

1

1

Bath and North East Somerset

1

1

2

Bexley

1

1

Blackburn with Darwen

1

1

2

Bournemouth

1

1

Brighton and Hove

1

1

Bristol City of

1

1

2

Bromley

1

1

Cambridgeshire

1

2

3

Cheshire

2

2

Coventry

2

2

Derbyshire

3

3

Devon

1

1

Durham

1

1

2

4

Essex

1

1

2

Gateshead

3

1

4

Gloucestershire

2

1

3

Greenwich

3

3

Hampshire

1

1

2

Harrow

2

2

Herefordshire

1

1

Islington

1

1

Kent

1

1

1

1

4

Kingston upon Hull City of

2

2

Kirklees

1

1

Lambeth

2

2

Lancashire

1

1

5

2

9

Leeds

2

2

Leicester

1

1

2

Leicestershire

1

1

2

Lincolnshire

3

1

4

Liverpool

1

4

1

6

Manchester

1

1

1

3

Medway

1

1

Newcastle upon Tyne

4

1

5

North Tyneside

1

1

2

Northamptonshire

1

2

3

Northumberland

1

1

Oldham

2

1

3

Peterborough

1

1

2

Portsmouth

1

1

Redbridge

1

1

Redcar and Cleveland

1

1

Salford

1

1

Sandwell

3

3

Sheffield

2

2

Slough

1

1

Somerset

1

1

South Gloucestershire

1

1

South Tyneside

1

1

St. Helens

1

1

Staffordshire

1

1

Stockport

1

1

2

Sunderland

1

1

Telford and Wrekin

1

1

Thurrock

1

1

Torbay

1

1

Tower Hamlets

1

1

Trafford

1

—1

1

3

Wakefield

1

1

2

1

5

Wandsworth

1

1

Warwickshire

1

2

1

4

Wigan

6

1

3

10

Wirral

1

1

Wolverhampton

1

1

Worcestershire

1

1

York

2

2

Grand total

14

10

11

18

18

7

11

13

24

23

149

Source:

DfES

The figures include schools that opened as a result of the amalgamation or merger of two or more schools; schools that have closed but re-opened as voluntary schools with a religious character; and schools that have opened in local authorities that have moved from a three-tier to a two-tier system.

Independent special schools are comprised of independent special schools and non-maintained special schools (those which, while independent are solely used by local authorities and are therefore not the purview of the general public).