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0300 013 1108
3 February 2011
Our Ref: CAS-168661-KGJ3GJ
Dear Nara C Your request for information
Thank you for your email to firstname.lastname@example.org of 10 January 2011
and your subsequent email of 23 January 2011, which was received by us on the
same dates. You have requested the following information:
• How many mainstream primary schools are in England, Wales, Scotland and
Ireland (both maintained and independent)?
• How many special schools are in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland (both
maintained and independent; and primary and secondary schools)?
Summary of response
We hold the information you have requested in relation to schools in England and
have provided this to you within this letter. We do not hold any information on
numbers of schools in Wales, Scotland or Ireland.
The Freedom of Information Act
We have dealt with your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information
(FOI) Act 2000.
The first requirement of the Act is that we should confirm whether or not we hold
information of the description set out in your request. I can confirm that we hold the
number of primary schools and special schools in England, but not in Wales, Scotland
or Ireland as we only inspect schools in England. The contact details for the agencies
that inspect in those parts of the United Kingdom are as follows:
Wales: Estyn who can be emailed at email@example.com
Scotland: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education who can be contacted via their
Northern Ireland: Education and Training Inspectorate who can be emailed at
Please find below a table giving the numbers of primary schools in England, both
maintained and independent. The maintained schools are further divided to show
schools where primary school age children attend but which are not specific primary
schools, so middle deemed primary and all through schools.
(excluding special schools)
Middle deemed primary
All through with primary aged children
The table below contains figures for the numbers of special schools in England, both
maintained and independent, split by primary, secondary and all-through schools.
I trust that this letter clearly provides you with the information you have requested.
If you have any queries about our response, please contact me at 0300 013 1108
and I will do my best to address them.
Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with our response or the handling of your
request, you may request a formal internal review. In order to do this, please write
to the following address, setting out which areas of the response you are unhappy
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Head of Information Rights
Legal Services Division
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you also have the
right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether or not
we have complied with our obligations under the FOI Act with respect to your
request. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
FOI Case Reception Unit
Information Commissioner’s Office
Information Access Officer
Information Access Team