HC Deb 30 April 2003 vol 404 c417W
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. [110108]

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)