Future

Many authorities have reviewed provision in three-tier areas in recent years, with some reviews in place at present. The following changes have either already been approved, or have been proposed over coming years:

Summer 2017

  • Bedford - 3 Middle schools due to close/re-organise
  • Cambridgeshire - 1 Middle school potentially due to close
  • Leicestershire - 4 Middle schools due to reorganise as secondary 
  • Northumberland - 4 Middle schools due to close
  • West Sussex - 1 Middle school due to close

Summer 2018

  • Bedford - 4 Middle schools due to close/re-organise
  • Worcestershire - 1 Middle school to close

Summer 2019

  • Bedford - 3 Middle schools due to close
  • Northumberland - 1 Middle school due to close
Summer 2020
  • Bedford - 1 Middle schools due to close
With current proposals, there will be around 20 fewer Middle Schools, leaving fewer than 120 schools nationally. Of these, only 5 would be deemed-primary.

(Closures in previous years were as follows: 
48 in 2007; 29 in 2008; 6 in 2009; 33 in 2010; 31 in 2011; 16 in 2012; 27 in 2013; 8 in 2014; 16 in 2015; 11 in 2016)