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3 February 2011 
Nara C 
Our Ref: CAS-168661-KGJ3GJ 
Dear Nara C 
Your request for information 
Thank you for your email to 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 

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.  
Primary Schools  
(excluding special schools) 
Maintained  Independent 
Primary 16,839 
Middle deemed primary 
All through with primary aged children 
16,923 1,511 
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.  
Special Schools 
Maintained  Independent 
Primary 214 
Secondary 340 
All through 
1,047 522 
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:  or write to: 
Head of Information Rights 
Legal Services Division 
Aviation House 

125 Kingsway 
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  
Wycliffe House  
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SK9 5AF 
Yours sincerely 
Kerry McTear 
Information Access Officer 
Information Access Team