HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 cc515-6W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what criteria have to be met for registration as an independent school; and how many have been so registered in each year since 1990. [143769]

Ms Estelle Morris

Any school in England at which full-time education is provided for five or more pupils of compulsory school age, and which is not a school maintained by a local education authority or a non-maintained special school, must register as an independent school. Initially registration is provisional. Final registration is conditional on inspection evidence that the standards at the school meet the requirements of the Education Act 1996 in relation to accommodation, premises, instruction, proprietor and staff, and child welfare in the case of a boarding school. The following table shows how many new schools registered, and the total number of registered independent schools in England, in each year since 1990.

Year New schools Total number of independent schools in operation
1990 42 2,280
1991 51 2,280
1992 75 2,256
1993 63 2,261
1994 69 2,266
1995 77 2,244
1996 68 2,249
1997 63 2,256
1998 59 2,227
1999 68 2,214
2000 57 2,187