The attached table shows the number of school closures for all reasons in England in each of the last three calendar years.
In the majority of instances, a closure is a procedural event marking the ending of one legal entity immediately followed by the opening of a successor establishment under a new legal entity, for example where a school ceases to be maintained by its local authority and becomes an academy.
The actual number of schools that are recorded as closing without being replaced by a successor establishment are set out in the table below.
Number of schools that are recorded as closing without being replaced by a successor establishment
Type of establishment
2018 (to 11 December)
LA maintained schools
* including University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools.