Academic Year 2019/20

Schools, pupils and their characteristics

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  1. Figures for Infant free school meals for 2015/16 and 2016/17 have been corrected. Headcount for free school meals corrected for 15/16 and 16/17 and percentages added Metadata pages updated

  2. Cross border movement data and commentary added.

  3. A correction has been made to the underlying data for school characteristics. Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire, Durham and Camden were displaying incorrectly for 2017/18 and 2019/20. National and regional figures are unaffected. The table for LA maintained, academy and independent schools has been corrected in the School numbers section. Previously, independent schools and LA maintained were shown as one total.

  4. A correction was made to the alternative provision figures. Cambridgeshire and Shropshire appeared twice in the underlying data for 2017/18 and 2018/19 affecting regional and national totals.

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.

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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