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Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 8: 2017 edition

Published: 12 Dec 2017
Part of:
Children and families, Education, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788514989

Results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, and data on early learning and childcare, school estates, attendance, absence and exclusions.

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Summary statistics for schools in Scotland no. 8: 2017 edition
Chapter 6: School Estates

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Chapter 6: School Estates

  • 100 schools were built or substantially refurbished in 2016-17
  • 86.0% of schools were in good or satisfactory condition in 2017
  • 81.4% of schools were of a good or satisfactory suitability in 2017

The School Estates Core Facts survey collects information on the size, condition, suitability and capacity of all schools open on 1st April 2017. Information is also collected on all schools that had been built or substantially refurbished during the financial year 2016-17. Only builds or refurbishments costing at least £0.5 million for primary and at least £1 million for secondary and special schools are reported here. These statistics are used to monitor progress in improving the school estate. Table 6.1 shows that 100 schools were built or refurbished in 2016-17, 82 of which were primary schools. Since 2007-08, 751 schools have been built or substantially refurbished.

Table 6.1: Schools built or substantially refurbished

  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Primary 45 37 43 50 71 33 82
Secondary 8 6 14 8 5 9 11
Special 2 3 3 5 5 2 7
Total schools built or refurbished 55 46 60 63 81 44 100

As a result of the investment and reorganisation of the school estate, the proportion of schools in good or satisfactory condition has increased from 80.1 per cent in April 2011 to 86.0 per cent in April 2017. Taking into account the different number of pupils in each school, this shows an increase in the proportion of pupils in good or satisfactory condition schools from 83.1 per cent in April 2011 to 87.4 per cent in April 2017.

Table 6.2: School condition and school rolls

Number

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Schools (1)
A: Good 538 581 623 620 641 666 703
B: Satisfactory 1,558 1,540 1,477 1,498 1,479 1,453 1,462
C: Poor 479 446 449 422 406 396 345
D: Bad 31 23 17 16 11 8 5
Condition not recorded 11 6 1 2 1 1 1
Pupils on school roll (2)
A: Good 212,496 224,523 241,392 241,605 225,505 236,260 682,822
B: Satisfactory 345,404 334,204 318,799 321,568 347,360 335,159 343,506
C: Poor 107,831 102,845 103,815 103,635 98,387 102,526 83,810
D: Bad 5,724 7,476 5,889 5,422 4,277 3,604 2,137
Condition not recorded 166 176 0 213 0 0 0
Percentage
Schools (1)
A: Good 20.6 22.4 24.3 24.2 25.3 26.4 27.9
B: Satisfactory 59.5 59.3 57.5 58.6 58.3 57.6 58.1
C: Poor 18.3 17.2 17.5 16.5 16.0 15.7 13.7
D: Bad 1.2 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.2
Condition not recorded 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Pupils on school roll (2)
A: Good 31.6 33.5 36.0 35.9 33.4 34.9 37.1
B: Satisfactory 51.4 49.9 47.6 47.8 51.4 49.5 50.3
C: Poor 16.1 15.4 15.5 15.4 14.6 15.1 12.3
D: Bad 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.5 0.3
Condition not recorded 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

(1) Condition as reported in April. See background notes for more information on the condition ratings.

(2) Shows the number of pupils on the school roll the previous September. Schools which opened after September but before April will have no pupils recorded for that school year unless they chose to supply this figure during the School Estates collection.

Information on suitability of schools has been collected since April 2010. Suitability provides a measure of the extent to which a school building and its grounds are appropriate in providing an environment which supports quality learning and teaching. The proportion of schools with a good or satisfactory suitability has increased from 76.3 per cent in April 2011 to 81.4 per cent in April 2017. Taking into account the different number of pupils in each school, this has resulted in the proportion of pupils in schools with a good or satisfactory suitability increasing from 77.8 per cent in April 2011 to 84.0 per cent in April 2017.

Table 6.3: School suitability and school rolls

Number

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 (3) 2017
Schools (1)
A: Good 568 622 663 688 706 728 777
B: Satisfactory 1,429 1,381 1,394 1,387 1,339 1,324 1,271
C: Poor 547 531 477 451 463 445 447
D: Bad 52 50 32 28 26 22 16
Suitability not recorded 21 12 1 4 4 5 5
Pupils on school roll (2)
A: Good 190,139 209,541 225,757 234,021 240,245 250,508 271,260
B: Satisfactory 332,447 317,729 320,627 323,994 316,170 312,851 302,296
C: Poor 129,520 126,139 111,686 102,527 107,368 104,009 101,321
D: Bad 16,249 15,397 11,825 11,581 10,393 8,095 5,795
Suitability not recorded 3,266 418 0 320 1,353 2,086 2,150
Percentage
Schools (1)
A: Good 21.7 24.0 25.8 26.9 27.8 28.8 30.9
B: Satisfactory 54.6 53.2 54.3 54.2 52.8 52.5 50.5
C: Poor 20.9 20.5 18.6 17.6 18.2 17.6 17.8
D: Bad 2.0 1.9 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.6
Suitability not recorded 0.8 0.5 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Pupils on school roll (2)
A: Good 28.3 31.3 33.7 34.8 35.6 37.0 39.7
B: Satisfactory 49.5 47.5 47.9 48.2 46.8 46.2 44.3
C: Poor 19.3 18.8 16.7 15.2 15.9 15.4 14.8
D: Bad 2.4 2.3 1.8 1.7 1.5 1.2 0.8
Suitability not recorded 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.3

(1) Suitability as reported in April. See background notes for more information on the suitability ratings.

(2) Shows the number of pupils on the school roll the previous September. Schools which opened after September but before April will have no pupils recorded for that school year unless they chose to supply this figure during the School Estates collection.

(3) Figures on the percentage of schools in a good or satisfactory condition in 2016 were amended in December 2017. See background note 5 for more details.


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