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Pupils: East Sussex

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many admissions appeals were (a) heard and (b) successful for pupils in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each year since 1997. (138024)

Data on heard and successful admissions appeals for East Sussex local authority are given in the following table. Data are not available for Eastbourne as they are not collected at this level.

Appeals lodged by parents against non-admission of their children primary schools

Primary schools

Secondary schools

East Sussex

England1

East Sussex

England1

Appeals heard

Appeals decided in parent’s favour

Appeals heard

Appeals decided in parent’s favour

Appeals heard

Appeals decided in parent’s favour

Appeals heard

Appeals decided in parent’s favour

1997/98

106

52

20,180

9,560

95

43

32,980

10,720

1998/99

156

63

21,220

9,340

157

54

38,960

12,640

1999/2000

146

37

18,710

7,290

273

104

43,940

14,180

2000/01

101

24

17,510

6,210

225

60

46,370

14,990

2001/02

81

9

16,160

5,510

230

68

49,980

16,220

2002/03

68

14

13,760

4,540

192

50

50,200

16,820

2003/04

91

5

13,180

4,340

227

74

46,480

16,290

2004/05

61

9

13,600

4,700

323

109

45,730

16,340

1 National totals have been rounded to the nearest 10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many unauthorised absences were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each year since 1997, broken down by type of institution. (138027)

The percentages of half days missed due to unauthorised absence from maintained mainstream schools in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Eastbourne and (ii) East Sussex in each year since 1997 is shown as follows:

Unauthorised pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained primary schools1,1997/98-2005/062,3

Eastbourne

East Sussex

England

1997/98

0.5

0.4

0.5

1998/99

0.6

0.4

0.5

1999/2000

0.5

0.4

0.5

2000/01

0.6

0.5

0.5

2001/02

0.6

0.37

0.45

2002/03

0.6

0.41

0.43

2003/04

0.8

0.53

0.41

2004/05

0.8

0.77

0.43

Unauthorised pupil absence (percentage of half days missed) in maintained secondary schools1,1997/98-2005/062,3

Eastbourne

East Sussex

England

1997/98

0.8

1.3

1.1

1998/99

0.9

1.1

1.1

1999/2000

1.1

1.2

1.0

2000/01

1.2

1.2

1.1

2001/02

1.2

1.41

1.09

2002/03

2.0

1.35

1.07

2003/04

2.2

1.41

1.13

2004/05

1.7

1.34

1.23

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Due to local government reorganisation, regional figures are not available prior to 1998.

3 Figures for the above local authorities are available to one decimal place prior to 2001/02 and two decimal places from 2001/02 onwards.

To break the information down by type of institution as requested can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Unauthorised absence is absence without leave from a teacher or other authorised representative of the school. This includes all unexplained or unjustified absences, such as lateness, holidays during term time not authorised by the school, absence where reason is not yet established and truancy.