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Children and young people in education

Key points:

The total number of pupils on roll in state funded Herefordshire schools has risen by 442 from 22,770 in spring 2013 to 23,212 in spring 2017, representing a 1.9 per cent increase in total numbers over the four years. 

In spring 2017, the school census recorded 51.5 per cent of the pupil population were boys. The gender gap has been closing in terms of pupil numbers since spring 2015.

In 2017, the highest numbers of pupils were in Year R (Reception), Year 1 and Year 2, with fewest pupils in national curriculum Years 6, 11, and 10.

Between spring 2016 and spring 2017 the total number of pupils with Statements of SEN or EHCP increased from 591 to 660 (267 Statements - 0.4 per cent of pupils and 393 EHCP - 2.6 per cent of pupils).

Most Reception children in Herefordshire were able to attend the school of their choice at the start of the 2017/18 academic year. 93.6 per cent of children received their first preference of primary school with 97.5 per cent receiving one of their three expressed preference schools. By comparison, across England only 90 per cent of children received their first preference primary school with 97.2 per cent one of their top three preferences. In the secondary phase 95.9 per cent of children were offered their first choice of Herefordshire school and 98.4 per cent one of their first three preferences. This is considerably higher than the England average of 83.5 per cent (first preference) and 94.6 per cent (one of top three preferences).

The number of pupils recorded as White British fell by 224 over the period from spring 2013 to spring 2017, or 91.0 per cent to 88.2 per cent of the school population. The number and percentage of pupils recorded as belonging to Black and Minority Ethnic groups (BME) has shown an annual increase from 1,928 (8.5 per cent) in Spring 2013 to 2,644 (11.4 per cent) in Spring 2017. Those of White Eastern European ethnic origin are the largest single BME group.

Educational attainment in Herefordshire schools*


A new secondary school education accountability system was implemented in 2016, which saw changes to the headline accountability measures. These now include Attainment 8 and Progress 8 as well as performance in English and mathematics and the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). In 2017 there were further reforms to English and mathematics grading. Grades A*-C were replaced by numerical grades 9-1, with 4 being a classed as a standard pass and 5 being classed as a strong pass. Further subjects will convert to numerical grading in 2018.

Higher Education

In 2016/17 4,665 students from Herefordshire enrolled for United Kingdom university courses. Of these, 3,820 were for first degrees or other undergraduate level study and 845 for postgraduate study (taught and research).[1]  Not all of these people leave the county to study, but a proportion do leave and do not return on completion of their studies.

Herefordshire is one of only three English counties currently without a university.  It is recognised that high quality higher education facilities are an absolutely foundational part of economic development and social and cultural regeneration, exemplified by cities such as Lincoln, Canterbury and Winchester.  The planned New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) university for Hereford will address the shortfall of 40,000 engineering graduates in the UK economy, and will encourage more women to work in the industry. The new university will be an independent, not-for-profit, world class engineering university with dedicated student accommodation across the city. With a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, agriculture-engineering, data, defence, resources security and sustainable / smart living technology sectors it will accept its first 300 students at a purpose-built city centre campus in Hereford in September 2020.  It will have 5,000 students by 2032. The university will make Herefordshire a more attractive place for young people to live and study, and will have a projected economic impact up to £120m per annum on the local and national economy.

Last updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018