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Schools: Rural Areas

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many rural (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have closed in each year since 1997. (305059)

The following table sets out the number of maintained rural schools that have closed in each year since 2000. We do not have reliable information about decisions made prior to 2000.

Primary

Secondary1

2000

2

2001

1

2002

5

2003

6

1

2004

11

2005

10

2006

10

2007

14

2008

14

1

2009

12

Total

85

2

1 Including middle deemed secondary.

The table shows closures where the schools ceased to be maintained and were not replaced. There are other circumstances involving school closure which have been excluded from the table because replacement provision was established, for example, in the case of a change to a school’s religious character or an amalgamation of an infant and junior school to form a primary school.