Official Statistics

Rural education statistics

Education statistics for rural and urban areas.


Rural education and childcare




  • childcare provision in terms of childcare settings and childcare places
  • percentage of pupils leaving school with 5 A* to C grades at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
  • school inspection outcomes
  • full time and part time entrants to higher education per 1,000 population

Data source: Ofsted Freedom of Information early years dataset, Ofsted Schools Management Information, Department for Education and NOMIS

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Office for National Statistics Rural Urban Classification, Local Education Authority (LEA) classification, also Rural Urban Classification by postcode district for childcare section

Next release date: tbc

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Published 27 June 2013
Last updated 25 May 2017 + show all updates
  1. Statistics on full time and part time entrants to higher education in rural and urban areas have been updated.
  2. Published today, updated rural urban statistics for secondary education and new statistics covering childcare provision and outcomes of school inspections.
  3. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  4. Rural education statistics have been updated today.
  5. Rural secondary education statistics published.
  6. Rural education statistics for 2011/12.
  7. First published.