Academic Year 2019/20

Schools, pupils and their characteristics

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This release contains the latest statistics on school and pupil numbers and their characteristics, including:

  • age
  • gender
  • free school meals (FSM) eligibility
  • English as an additional language
  • ethnicity
  • school characteristics
  • class sizes

The publication combines information from the school census, school level annual school census, general hospital school census and alternative provision census.

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Headline facts and figures - 2019/20

  • There are 8.89 million pupils in England in 2020. This is an increase of 71,000 from 2019
  • These pupils attend 24,360 schools, an increase of 37 from 2019
  • The average class size for key stage 1 has reduced to 26.9, from 27.1
  • The average class size for key stage 2 has remained at 27.9
  • 17.3% of pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals, an increase from 15.4% in 2019

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