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Schools: Rural Areas

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools defined as rural there were in each county in each year since 1997. (256454)

The following table shows the number of maintained (a) primary schools designated as rural in 2007 and 2008 and (b) secondary schools currently defined as rural in each county in England.

Rural primary schools were first designated in 2007 by a special Order. The Order was updated in 2008 when the Department adopted the common classification system developed by the Office of National Statistics. We do not have a record of schools defined as rural prior to 2007.

Rural secondary schools are not designated. They are identified by the classification on the Department's register of schools. Once the register has been updated we do not retain the historic data and we are only able to provide the current number of secondary schools defined as rural.

Designated Rural Primary SchoolsRural Secondary Schools1

2007

2008

2009

Barnet

1

0

0

Barnsley

10

19

2

Bath and NE Somerset

19

23

1

Bedfordshire

78

79

17

Blackburn with Darwin

4

5

0

Blackpool

1

0

0

Bolton

3

4

1

Bracknell Forest

2

2

0

Bradford

18

18

2

Bromley

3

3

1

Buckinghamshire

91

89

5

Bury

2

3

0

Calderdale

28

28

1

Cambridgeshire

131

124

15

Cheshire

104

100

5

Cornwall

169

178

15

Cumbria

181

188

19

Darlington

5

5

1

Derbyshire

173

174

12

Devon

231

230

17

Doncaster

18

18

2

Dorset

82

84

16

Durham

119

118

11

East Riding of Yorkshire

88

90

8

East Sussex

73

73

7

Enfield

1

1

0

Essex

163

170

11

Gateshead

9

8

1

Gloucestershire

124

122

12

Halton

3

3

0

Hampshire

130

131

10

Hartlepool

3

3

0

Herefordshire

61

62

8

Hertfordshire

82

82

5

Hillingdon

2

2

0

Isle of Wight

21

22

3

Isles of Scilly

1

1

0

Kent

189

184

10

Kingston-Upon-Hull

0

0

1

Kirklees

30

29

3

Lancashire

153

180

13

Leeds

15

21

2

Leicester, City of

1

1

0

Leicestershire

110

110

16

Lincolnshire

188

186

25

Medway

11

11

1

Milton Keynes

14

15

2

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1

1

0

Norfolk

227

247

27

North East Lincolnshire

4

4

1

North Lincolnshire

40

40

7

North Somerset

26

22

2

North Tyneside

4

4

1

North Yorkshire

233

244

21

Northamptonshire

118

130

13

Northumberland

83

89

25

Nottingham City

2

0

0

Nottinghamshire

111

107

11

Oldham

10

10

1

Oxfordshire

127

126

11

Peterborough

9

11

2

Redcar and Cleveland

17

16

3

Rochdale

1

1

1

Rotherham

16

15

1

Rutland

15

17

3

Sandwell

1

0

0

Sefton

1

1

0

Sheffield

3

3

1

Shropshire

99

103

12

Solihull

9

9

1

Somerset

155

154

18

South Gloucestershire

21

20

0

Southend-on-Sea

2

0

0

St Helens

6

6

1

Staffordshire

110

105

11

Stockport

1

2

0

Stockton-on-Tees

3

3

0

Stoke-on-Trent

1

0

1

Suffolk

144

147

26

Sunderland

1

1

0

Surrey

58

57

4

Swindon

11

13

2

Tameside

1

1

2

Telford And Wrekin

9

8

0

Thurrock

7

7

1

Torbay

1

1

0

Wakefield

28

28

2

Walsall

1

1

0

Warrington

17

17

2

Warwickshire

79

80

11

West Berkshire

38

38

4

West Sussex

87

86

6

Wigan

0

9

1

Wiltshire

139

132

11

Windsor and Maidenhead

11

11

2

Wirral

2

2

0

Wokingham

13

14

2

Worcestershire

93

91

10

York, City of

13

13

0

Total

5,154

5,246

542

1 Excludes academies