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Contains: Education Attainment, Education Absence and Exclusion

Related to: Socio-economic Inequality, Ill Health and Disability, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Complex Families, Wellbeing, Not in Education, Employment or Training, Travellers and Gypsy Travellers, Special Educational Needs, Child Health and Wellbeing Survey

Key Facts

  • There are 78 schools in B&NES; 62 primary and 13 secondary.
  • 90.5% of primary aged pupils attend a good or outstanding school in B&NES, compared with 89.2% in the South West and 85% in Engalnd.
  • 97.6% of secondary aged pupils attended a good or outstanding school compared to 84.5% in the South West and 78% in England. 
  • It is estimated that in 2014 in B&NES there was a total of 2,407 primary, secondary and special school children claiming free school meals (9.6% of pupils), significantly lower than the proportion in the South West as a whole (12.3%) and England (16.3%).

School Composition in Bath and North East Somerset 1

B&NES has 78 schools comprising 62 primary schools; 61 maintained and 1 academy, 13 secondary schools of which 10 are academies, 3 special schools, two of which are academies and no pupil referral unit. The smallest school is Camerton Primary with 22 pupils and the largest is Writhlington School with 1,5

For 2013/14 the planned spend on special school places in B&NES was £7,289 per 100,000 pupils, lower than for England (£12,415 per 100,000 pupils). 2

It is estimated that in 2014 in B&NES there was a total of 2,407 primary, secondary and special school children claiming free school meals (9.6% of pupils), significantly lower than the proportion in the South West as a whole (12.3%) and England (16.3%). 3

In 2012 10.8% of children in primary schools and 7.7% in secondary schools are eligible for Free School Meals, both significantly lower than for England & Wales.

8.2% of primary school aged children have special educational needs, slightly higher than national rates. Alternatively, 4.8% of secondary school children have special educational needs or are on Schools Action Plus, which is significantly lower than national rates.3.8% of primary and 2.6% of secondary school pupils have a first language other than English, both significantly lower than national levels.

It is estimated that in 2014 in B&NES there was a total of 398 primary, secondary and special school children identified as having behavioural, emotional and social support needs (1.36% of pupils) , slightly lower than the proportion in the South West as a whole (1.70%) and England (1.66%). 4

It is estimated that in 2014 in B&NES there was a total of 465 primary, secondary and special school children identified as having speech, language or communication needs (1.59% of pupils) , slightly lower than the proportion in the South West as a whole (1.64%) and England (1.67%). 5

According to the School Census carried out by the Department for Education, in B&NES in the financial year 2013/14, 0.01% of state primary and secondary children's ethnic classification was Gypsy/Roma, significantly lower than in the South West (0.16%) and England (0.25%). 6

Post 16 education in Bath and North East Somerset

There is one FE college in B&NES with two campuses (Radstock and the City Centre) and 12 schools/academies have some sixth-form provision.

Ofsted assessments 7 

According to information provided in March 2016:

  • 90.5% of primary aged pupils attend a good or outstanding school in B&NES, compared with 89.2% in the South West and 85% in Engalnd. 
  • 97.6% of secondary aged pupils attend a good or outstanding school compared to 84.5% in the South West and 78% in England. 
  • The percentage of pupils attending a primary school judged as Requiring Improvement is 9.5% and 2.4% for secondary aged pupils; both are well below the national average.  
  • Of the 9.5% of primary schools requiring improvement, only one school has been issued with a Warning Notice, which is an indication of concern by the local authority to see rapid improvements.  
  • There are no pupils in schools judged by Ofsted requiring special measures.

What does the community say?

For the results of the Child Health and Wellbeing Survey see Child Health and Wellbeing Survey section.