Primary school children raising hands

The School Census covers nursery, primary, middle, secondary and special schools. This census takes place each term and covers the maintained sector in England which includes community, foundation, voluntary-aided and voluntary-controlled schools. Service Children’s Education schools, both primary and secondary, will participate on a voluntary basis.

  • primary schools also include middle-deemed-primary schools
  • secondary schools include middle-deemed secondary schools, CTCs and academies
  • nursery schools refer to both maintained and direct grant nursery schools.
  • special schools refer to both maintained and non-maintained special schools including hospital special schools.

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