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Schools: Closures

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools closed in (i) Cambridgeshire, (ii) Cumbria, (iii) Devon and Cornwall, (iv) Durham, (v) Dyfed-Powys, (vi) Gloucestershire, (vii) Lincolnshire, (viii) Norfolk, (ix) North Yorkshire, (x) West Mercia and (xi) Wiltshire in each of the last nine years. (192456)

The following tables set out the numbers of primary and secondary maintained mainstream schools which have closed in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Durham, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire. The tables include cases in which decisions were taken under the local decision-making arrangements which were introduced in September 1999. Information held on proposals that were decided under the arrangements that operated prior to September 1999 is not reliable and has therefore been excluded. The National Assembly for Wales is responsible for schools in Dyfed and Powys.

The tables include the reasons for closure. The numbers shown in the column headed ‘Cease to Maintain’ indicate closures where the schools have not been replaced by new schools. In all other cases a replacement school will have been established (sometimes on the site of a closing school), or an amalgamating school altered, to accommodate displaced pupils.

(i) Cambridgeshire

Due to amalgamation

For fresh start

Total

2000 Primary

2

2

2001 Primary

2

2

2002 Primary

4

4

2003 Primary

4

4

2004 Primary

2

2

2006 Primary

3

3

2006 Secondary

2

2

2007 Primary

4

4

2007 Secondary

1

1

Total

23

1

24

(ii) Cumbria

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Total

2000 Primary

2

2

2001 Primary

4

4

2002 Primary

8

8

2003 Primary

2

2

2004 Primary

2

2

4

2005 Primary

1

5

6

2006 Primary

2

2

Total

5

23

28

(iii) Devon and Cornwall

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Total

2002 Primary

3

3

2003 Primary

4

4

2004 Primary

1

2

3

2005 Primary

12

12

2006 Primary

2

2

2007 Primary

2

2

4

Total

3

25

28

(iv) Durham

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Total

2002 Primary

4

4

2003 Primary

2

2

2004 Primary

2

2

2006 Primary

10

10

2007 Primary

6

6

Total

2

22

24

(vi) Gloucestershire

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Change religious character

Total

2000 Primary

2

2

2001 Primary

4

4

2005 Primary

4

4

2006 Secondary

1

1

2007 Primary

1

1

2007 Secondary

1

1

Total

1

10

2

13

(vii) Lincolnshire

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Change religious character

For fresh start

Total

2001 Primary

1

1

2004 Primary

1

1

2004 Secondary

1

1

2005 Primary

1

1

2

2006 Primary

1

1

2

2007 Primary

1

2

3

Total

4

4

1

1

10

(viii) Norfolk

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Total

2001 Primary

2

2

2003 Primary

2

2

2006 Primary

1

1

2007 Primary

30

30

Total

1

34

35

(ix) North Yorkshire

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Total

2006 Primary

1

2

3

2007 Primary

2

2

Total

3

2

5

(x) West Mercia (Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire and Worcestershire)

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

For fresh start

To allow for a new establishment

Change religious character

For an academy

Total

2002 Primary

2

2

2003 Primary

1

1

2004 Primary

4

1

5

2004 Secondary

1

1

2005 Primary

1

8

9

2006 Primary

13

13

2006 Secondary

1

1

2007 Primary

1

33

1

35

2007 Secondary

14

2

1

17

Total

6

72

1

1

3

1

84

(xi) Wiltshire

Cease to maintain

Due to amalgamation

Change religious character

Total

2002 Primary

1

1

2002 Secondary

1

1

2003 Primary

3

3

2004 Primary

2

2

2004 Secondary

1

1

2

2005 Primary

2

4

6

2005 Secondary

3

3

2006 Primary

1

8

9

2007 Primary

2

5

7

Total

11

22

1

34