School enrolments - overview

These statistical bulletins contain data gathered through the school enrolments census exercise and show information on school and pupil numbers.


This section contains data gathered as part of the annual school census exercise. The census takes place in October of each year and is a count of all pupils attending schools in Northern Ireland. Data are collected from schools using both paper forms and electronic data interchange.  

The school census gathers details on, for example, pupil gender, year group, religion, ethnicity, special educational needs, etc. Schools are classified according to type, or management type, to allow analysis of various sectors to take place.  Geographical analysis is also conducted, at various levels, for example at former Education and Library Board and District Council levels.


Data relating to each of the year's listed:

Further information

Additional detail is available on the school enrolments data collection and validation process.

Data requests

If you require information that is additional to that already published, please contact the Analytical Services Unit (ASU) .  We will conduct special analysis of data held upon request, where it is appropriate.  

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