§ Mr. Damian Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have(a) opened and (b) closed sixth forms since 1997. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The information requested is not collected centrally. The Annual Schools' Census can be used to estimate the number of schools with a sixth form and this information is shown in the table.
Maintained secondary schools: number of schools with a sixth form 1997–2002 Position in January each year 1Number of schools with a sixth form 1997 1,740 1998 1,771 1999 1,777 2000 1,781 2001 1,763 2002 1,747 1 A school is considered to have a sixth form if it has eight or more 16 year old pupils and eight or more 17 year old pupils (age as at 31 August)