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 Numbers of schools, teachers, pupils
 

Summary

Numbers of primary schools by region

Numbers of secondary schools by region

Numbers of pupils in primary schools

Numbers of pupils in secondary schools

Numbers of teachers in primary schools

Numbers of teachers in secondary schools

Number of primary schools by type

Number of secondary schools by type

Where to find more detail

 

Summary

The figures here are from the DfES report for 2001, published in 2002. Since they were compiled more religious schools have been created. Though the overall pattern has not changed substantially and more new religious schools have been approved for the Church of England and the Roman Catholics than for the minority faiths, the proportionate increases for the latter are greater. The following answer to a Parliamentary Question on 16 January 2003 shows the pattern but cannot be used to update the main tables.

School Funding (Faith Organisations)
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools have been funded by faith organisations since 1997, broken down by faith; and how many are planned. [90903]
Mr. Miliband: The following table gives numbers of new grant maintained and voluntary aided faith schools that have opened, or have been approved to open, since 1997. These include independent schools approved for establishment as new maintained schools; but do not include former community schools which closed and re-opened with a religious character. All these proposals, except one Jewish school, involved some capital building work and a financial contribution by the promoters.

RC CE CE/
Methodist
Jewish Muslim
Sikh
7th Day
Adventist
Greek
Orthodox
1997 3 - - - - - - -
1998 - - - 1 2 - 1 -
1999 2 1 - 3 - 2 - -
2000 2 1 - 1 - - - 1
2001 1 2 - - 2 - - -
2002 - 3 - - - - - -
2003 1 3 1 - - - - -
2004 - 1 - 1 1 - - -
Total 9 11 1 6 5 2 1 1

 

Faith Schools & School Places as Proportion of Total
Total
Primary
Secondary
School Places
23%
28%
15%
Schools
32%
35%
17%

 

Number of Schools by Affiliation
Total
Primary
Secondary
C of E
4,700
4,509
191
Roman Catholic
2,104
1,747
357
Methodist
28
28
0
Other Christian
74
47
27
TOTAL CHRISTIAN
6,906
6,331
575
Jewish
31
26
5
Muslim
2
2
0
Sikh
2
1
1
Other religious
2
1
1
TOTAL RELIGIOUS
6,943
6,361
582
Not religious
14,607
11,708
2,899
TOTAL
21,550
18,069
3,481

 

Statistics of Education: Schools In England 2001 (ISBN 0 11 271118-9) available at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics/DB/VOL/v0288/index.html

Church Membership and Attendance

7.4% of adults in England and Wales go to church on an average Sunday.

Total church membership is 12.2%.

[Religious Trends, 2002-2003]

 

Numbers of Schools by region

The following tables show the number of primary and secondary schools in England by region and religious affiliation (if any).

The regions are:

NE    north east
NW   north west
Y/H   Yorkshire and Humberside
EM   east midlands
WM  west midlands

EE  east of England
IL     inner London
OL   outer London
SE   south east
SW  south west

PRIMARY SCHOOLS NE NW Y/H EM WM EE IL OL SE SW Total
Not religious 718 1,441 1,374 1,185 1,217 1,478 478 908 1,750 1,159 11,708
C of E 98 693 426 472 501 530 130 109 815 735 4,509
RC 162 543 152 80 207 101 109 136 166 91 1,747
Methodist 0 18 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 1 28
Other Christian 0 20 4 8 4 3 0 0 2 6 47
Jewish 0 7 1 0 1 2 2 13 0 0 26
Muslim 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
Sikh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Total 978 2,722 1,961 1,746 1,932 2,114 719 1,169 2,736 1,992 18,069

SECONDARY SCHOOLS NE NW Y/H EM WM EE IL OL SE SW Total
Not religious 191 353 290 298 350 379 89 212 448 289 2899
C of E 3 25 10 15 28 23 15 15 31 26 191
RC 31 103 27 19 39 24 27 43 32 12 357
Methodist 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Christian 0 1 1 3 4 5 1 1 5 6 27
Jewish 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 5
Muslim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sikh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Total 225 484 328 335 421 431 134 274 516 333 3,481

 


Numbers of pupils

The following tables show the numbers of pupils in primary and secondary schools in England by the type and religious affiliation (if any) of the school:

PUPILS IN
PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Community Voluntary Aided

Voluntary
Controlled

Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 2,940,520 2,901 6,976 98,292 3,048,689 71.7%
C of E 0 350,916 414,015 8,610 773,541 18.2%
RC 453 407,262 0 0 407,715 9.6%
Methodist 0 851 4,168 0 5,019 0.1%
Other Christian 0 3,675 4,669 262 8,606 0.2%
Jewish 0 7,766 0 0 7,766 0.2%
Muslim 0 333 0 0 333 0.0%
Sikh 0 207 0 0 207 0.0%
Other 0 83 0 0 83 0.0%
Total 2,940,973 773,990 429,827 107,164 4,251,953 100.0%

PUPILS IN
SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Community Voluntary Aided
Voluntary Controlled
Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 2,115,931 40,450 66,997 513,513 2,736,891 84.7%
C of E 0 99,795 46,469 6,086 152,350 4.7%
RC 0 312,542 0 1,274 313,816 9.7%
Methodist 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Other Christian 0 16,774 5,994 731 23,499 0.7%
Jewish 0 4,705 0 0 4,705 0.1%
Muslim 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Sikh 0 261 0 0 261 0.0%
Other 0 305 0 0 0 0.0%
Total 2,115,931 474,832 119,460 521,604 3,231,827 100.0%

 

Numbers of teachers

The following tables show the numbers of teachers in primary and secondary schools in England by the type and religious affiliation (if any) of the school:

 

TEACHERS IN
PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Community Voluntary Aided
Voluntary Controlled
Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 128,461 133 300 4,142 133,036 71.7%
C of E 0 15,458 18,419 361 34,238 18.5%
RC 18 17,290 0 0 17,308 9.3%
Methodist 0 36 183 0 219 0.1%
Other Christian 0 153 205 10 368 0.2%
Jewish 0 337 0 0 337 0.2%
Muslim 0 19 0 0 19 0.0%
Sikh 0 5 0 0 5 0.0%
Other 0 5 0 0 5 0.0%
Total 128,479 33,435 19,107 4,512 185,534 100.0%

TEACHERS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS Community Voluntary Aided
Voluntary Controlled
Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 123,939 2,484 3,881 29,779 160,083 84.7%
C of E 0 5,794 2,619 366 8,779 4.6%
RC 0 18,389 0 67 18,456 9.8%
Methodist 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Other Christian 0 1,000 336 47 1,383 0.7%
Jewish 0 298 0 0 298 0.2%
Muslim 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Sikh 0 15 1 1 15 0.0%
Other 0 12 0 0 12 0.0%
Total 123,939 27,991 6,837 30,259 189,026 100.0%
 


Number of schools by type

The following tables show the numbers of primary and secondary schools in England by type and religious affiliation (if any):

PRIMARY SCHOOLS Community Voluntary Aided
Voluntary Controlled
Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 11,334 17 39 318 11,708 64.8%
C of E 0 1,913 2,558 38 4,509 25.0%
RC 1 1,746 0 0 1,747 9.7%
Methodist 0 3 25 0 28 0.2%
Other Christian 0 18 28 1 47 0.3%
Jewish 0 26 0 0 26 0.1%
Muslim 0 2 0 0 2 0.0%
Sikh 0 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Other 0 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Total 11,335 3,727 2,650 357 18,069 100.0%

SECONDARY SCHOOLS Community Voluntary Aided
Voluntary Controlled
Foundation Total % of total
Not religious 2,307 46 59 487 2,889 83.3%
C of E 0 118 65 8 191 5.5%
RC 0 356 0 1 357 10.3%
Methodist 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Other Christian 0 20 6 1 27 0.8%
Jewish 0 5 0 0 5 0.1%
Muslim 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Sikh 0 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Other 0 1 0 0 1 0.0%
Total 2,307 547 130 497 3,481 100.0%
 
 


Where to find more detail

All the statistics here are taken from the Department for Education and Skills' publication Statistics of Education: Schools in England 2001 which is available in full on their website - click here.  Special schools, referral units, city technology colleges and independent schools are not included.

Pupil and teacher numbers are full-time equivalents and some totals are rounded.

 

 

Updated 22 May 2003