School census

The school census is a statutory return which takes place during the autumn, spring, and summer terms for:

  • nursery schools
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • special schools
  • pupil referral units (PRUs)

The Spring School Census is scheduled for Thursday 16th May 2024.

Schools should familiarise themselves with the new requirements for this term's collection.

See the DfE guidance on how to complete the school census

Download the SIMS guidance on producing the school census return for: