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Schools: Closures

Question for Department for Education

UIN 200626, tabled on 10 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school closures there were in each of the last three years.

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.