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<p>Since 2015 seven maintained schools in Birmingham have closed in order to convert to academy status. Since 2015 the following number of schools[1] have opened and closed in each region:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Region</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Closures since 2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Opened since 2015<strong>[2]</strong></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>24</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>East of England</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>31</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>21</p></td><td><p>38</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td><p>27</p></td><td><p>31</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td><p>31</p></td><td><p>36</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td><p>18</p></td><td><p>24</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>48</p></td><td><p>55</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire and the Humber</p></td><td><p>32</p></td><td><p>37</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Since 2010, the main reasons for closing secondary schools is to allow a maintained school to convert to academy status [1906 schools]. Other reasons for closure include allowing schools to amalgamate or merge [106 schools] (this requires either the closure of one, or more, schools and an expansion and / or an age range change of another school, or the closure of two or more schools and the opening of a new replacement school), and the complete closure of a school [84 LA maintained schools and 14 academies]. The LA decides whether to close a LA maintained school; decisions on academy closures are made by the Secretary of State.</p><p>The Department does not record, centrally, information on the costs of school closures.</p><p>[1] Information is taken from EduBase and includes local-authority maintained schools and academies</p><p>[2] Includes existing schools that have merged or closed and reopened to change their status and maintained schools which have converted to academy status.</p>
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