Schools: Closures:Written question - 200626

Q
Asked by David Simpson
(Upper Bann)
Asked on: 10 December 2018
Department for Education
Schools: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school closures there were in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 18 December 2018

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

Calendar year

2016

2017

2018 (to 11 December)

Academies

2

6

6

LA maintained schools

25

18

16

Free schools*

8

11

10

Independent schools

83

50

55

* including University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools.

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