Written Question: Pupils; Scotland

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John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children live in Scotland and go to school in England.

Nick Gibb: In January 2015, 77 students living in Scotland were educated in schools in England. This information is published in the schools, pupils and characteristics statistical first release[1].

As residents of the UK, those living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have a right to apply for a place in an English state school. If they have priority for admission under the school’s admissions policy they must be admitted. It is unlikely that many children living outside of England will have priority for admission to English schools, as most schools prioritise pupils living close by. These rights are reciprocal, and English residents can apply for Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish schools.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2015 (Tables 14a to 14c)

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