HC Deb 13 May 2003 vol 405 c180W
Mr. Brady

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children of compulsory school age attended independent schools in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [111682]

Mr. Miliband

The information requested is shown in the table.

Independent schools: Number and percentage of pupils of compulsory school age1: England
Position in January each year: 1999 to 2003 (Provisional) Number of pupils in all schools Percentage of pupils attending independent schools2
1999 6,919,812 6.0
2000 6,963,773 6.0
2001 6,992,843 6.1
2002 6,984,413 6.1
20033 6,989,000 6.1
1 Pupils aged 5 to 15 on 31 August of the previous year.
2 The number of pupils in independent schools expressed as a percentage of the number of pupils in all schools.
3 Provisional numbers, based upon returns made to the Department by the end of March 2003. Number of pupils rounded to the nearest thousand.


Annual Schools' Census

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