Primary Education: Rural Areas:Written question - 58030

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Asked by Ian Austin
(Dudley North)
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Asked on: 16 December 2016
Department for Education
Primary Education: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools defined as rural in her Department's lists of designated rural primary schools for 2016 and 2010 have (a) closed in each year since 2010 and (b) been proposed for closure.
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Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 11 January 2017

4,151 schools were listed as designated rural primaries in 2016. We do not have a record of the number of schools that were designated rural in 2010.

The number of schools, listed as rural, that have closed each year from 2010 is set out as follows;

Year (Calendar year)

Number of Designated Rural Primary School Closures

2010

5

2011

12

2012

4

2013

7

2014

10

2015

6

2016

6

These figures do not include those schools that have closed to become an academy or have merged with another school.

Based on the notifications the Department has received from local authorities, we are aware of a further 7 proposals to close a designated rural primary.

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