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Class Sizes

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Lewes constituency, (ii) Sussex and (iii) England and Wales was in each year since 1997. (301282)

The information available is shown in the table.

Maintained primary and state funded secondary1 schools—Classes as taught2, 3—Years: position in January in each year coverage—England

1998

2001

2005

2009

Maintained primary schools:

Lewes

Average class size

27.9

27.7

26.0

26.9

Total number of classes

215

214

215

200

Total number of pupils

6,000

5,920

5,590

5,380

East Sussex

Average class size

28.3

28.2

27.6

27.2

Total number of classes

1,260

1,250

1,236

1,184

Total number of pupils

35,660

35,240

34,160

32,200

England

Average class size

27.7

26.7

26.2

26.2

Total number of classes

146,425

150,583

146,860

142,920

Total number of pupils

4,054,800

4,014,110

3,851,810

3,746,270

All state funded secondary schools:

Lewes

Average class size

21.6

22.9

23.2

23.5

Total number of classes

202

226

205

183

Total number of pupils

4,360

5,170

4,760

4,300

East Sussex

Average class size

21.4

22.3

21.8

21.6

Total number of classes

1,103

1,178

1,243

1,202

Total number of pupils

23,610

26,250

27,110

25,960

England

Average class size

21.7

22.0

21.6

20.6

Total number of classes

131,597

138,021

144,940

148,410

Total number of pupils

2,859,620

3,038,760

3,137,030

3,064,190

1 Includes CTCs and Academies.

2 One teacher classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.

3. Includes middle schools as deemed.

Source:

School Census