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Independent schools’ census

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  • Release date: 20 September 2011
  • Period covered: January 2011
An annual report presenting data on pupils, their ages, any special educational needs, classes, courses studied, Welsh language, and including the numbers of teachers and support staff.

Key points

  • The percentage of full-time equivalent (FTE) pupils in independent schools in Wales has decreased slightly to 1.9 per cent from 2.0 per cent last year.
  • Powys and Cardiff have the greatest number of independent schools, with 10 each. However, the highest percentage of FTE pupils in independent schools is in Monmouthshire, with 11.4 per cent, followed by Conwy with 5.2 per cent and then Cardiff with 4.7 per cent.
  • At January 2011, 16.5 per cent of boys and 11.0 per cent of girls at independent schools were boarders.
  • Pupil Teacher Ratios for independent schools are lower than in the maintained sector, the 2011 figure of 8.0 being less than half that of the 18.2 at maintained schools.
  • The incidence of pupils with statements of special educational needs was higher in independent schools, 4.9 per cent, than in maintained schools, 2.9 per cent. Conversely, the incidence of pupils with special educational needs identified by the school (but with no statement) is lower in independent schools, 10.6 per cent, than in maintained schools, 18.6 per cent.


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