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Primary Education

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the number of primary schools in England in (a) hamlets and isolated settings, (b) villages, (c) towns and fringe settlements and (d) settlements of more than 10,000 inhabitants in each year since 1997. (243184)

The requested information is shown in the following table:

Number of primary schools by urban rural classification

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Hamlet and Isolated Dwelling

695

693

687

685

681

Village

2,765

2,758

2,753

2,741

2,727

Town and Fringe

1,864

1,863

1,857

1,849

1,840

Urban >10,000

12,443

12,331

12,209

12,088

11,959

Total

17,767

17,645

17,506

17,363

17,207

Source: School Census.