Statistics - national statistics

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2013

Data is based upon information collected in the January 2013 school census and includes information on the number of schools and pupils.

Documents

Main text: SFR21/2013

National tables: SFR21/2013

Cross-border movement underlying data: SFR21/2013

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Pre-release access list: SFR21/2013

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Detail

This release is based upon information collected in the January 2013 school census.

It includes information on:

  • the number of schools and pupils
  • tables showing the number of pupils by:
    • age
    • gender
    • free school meal eligibility
    • ethnicity
    • first language

It also includes a range of class size information.

School types included in this publication are:

  • state-funded
    • primary
    • secondary
    • special schools
  • independent schools
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision

The main points from the latest release are:

  • the overall number of pupils (headcount) in all schools in England increased slightly, but remains around 8.2 million in 2013
  • there has been a continued increase in primary pupil numbers
  • there has been an increase in the percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups and pupils with a first language other than English
  • the percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals in secondary schools has increased from 16.0% to 16.3% while in primary schools it has decreased from 19.3% to 19.2%
  • there has been an increase in the number of lawful key stage 1 (KS1) classes in excess of 30 pupils, but a decrease in the percentage of pupils taught in large classes in key stage 2 (KS2) and the secondary phase

Statistics on cross-border flows (ie pupils leaving their local authority of residence to attend schools located outside their local authority of residence) were published as additional tables in July 2013.

Contact details

Infrastructure statistics team