Independent Schools Survey

Each year the Cambridgeshire Research Group has run a survey of the independent schools in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and other neighbouring authorities within possible daily travelling distance.

The Independent Schools Survey helps us find out where Cambridgeshire pupils are going to school, and how schooling preferences change over time. Information on the number of pupils attending schools in the county, and cross-boundary movement, is also a crucial component of our population estimates which are used by a wide range of organisations.

The most recent survey covers the 2014/15 academic year, and can be found below.  Some of the key findings were as follows:

  • A total of 8,913 full-time pupils were attending twenty-three independent schools in the two authorities, an increase of 213 pupils since last year's survey.
  • Cambridge City dominates the provision of independent education in the area, with 63% of the total number of private sector pupils educated in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough attending independent schools in the city.
  • A total of 1,486 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children were attending thirty-eight independent schools outside the county and within approximately fifteen miles of the county boundary. 788 of the day pupils (53%) were attending independent schools in Lincolnshire.

Please note that the content has been modified for public release by removing commercially sensitive and personal information.

For further information about Independent Schools in Cambridgeshire, please refer to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) who represent more than 1200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.