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Pupils: Ethnic Groups

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of pupils at (a) schools and (b) Catholic schools are from ethnic minority backgrounds. (293959)

The requested information is shown in the table.

Maintained primary1, state-funded secondary1, 2 and special3 schools: ethnicity4 of Roman Catholic5 schools compared to all schools, as at January 2009, England

All schools

Roman Catholic schools

Number

Percentage6

Number

Percentage6

White

5,304,890

80.6

510,540

80.0

White British

5,030,880

76.4

459,920

72.1

Irish

22,860

0.3

12,040

1.9

Traveller of Irish Heritage

3,940

0.1

940

0.1

Gypsy/Roma

9,590

0.1

480

0.1

Any other White background

237,620

3.6

37,170

5.8

Mixed

242,850

3.7

29,750

4.7

White and Black Caribbean

79,530

1.2

8,680

1.4

White and Black African

25,830

0.4

3,640

0.6

White and Asian

50,790

0.8

5,770

0.9

Any other Mixed background

86,700

1.3

11,660

1.8

Asian

557,130

8.5

29,210

4.6

Indian

162,460

2.5

11,130

1.7

Pakistani

223,400

3.4

6,630

1.0

Bangladeshi

91,410

1.4

1,480

0.2

Any other Asian background

79,860

1.2

9,970

1.6

Black

301,950

4.6

50,390

7.9

Caribbean

91,650

1.4

12,200

1.9

African

176,000

2.7

32,360

5.1

Any other Black background

34,300

0.5

5,830

0.9

Chinese

24,680

0.4

1,950

0.3

Any other ethnic group

82,670

1.3

9,990

1.6

Classified4

6,514,160

98.9

631,830

99.1

Unclassified7

70,020

1.1

6,050

0.9

Minority Ethnic Pupils8

1,483,290

22.5

171,910

27.0

All pupils9

6,584,180

100.0

637,880

100.0

1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

2 Includes CTCs and academies.

3 Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools.

4 Pupils of compulsory school age and above were classified according to ethnic group. Excludes dually registered pupils.

5 Denomination of school as Roman Catholic as it appears in Edubase.

6 The number of pupils by ethnic group expressed as a percentage of all pupils of compulsory school age and above.

7 Information refused or not obtained.

8 Includes all pupils classified as belonging to an ethnic group other than White British.

9 All pupils of compulsory school age and above.

Note:

Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

School Census and Edubase.