To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many school closures there were in each of the last three years.
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
2018 (to 11 December)
LA maintained schools
* including University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools.