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Numerical Profile

The data on this page was generated through a census of the 17 QSG Trusts undertaken in the autumn term of 2018.



The QSG Trusts are highly varied in origin, geography and size and, as such, broadly reflect the national picture. However, the Trusts are unified in having clear commitments in common, including a majority specialism of improving education for pupils in schools where circumstances are challenging.

The 374 schools managed by the member Trusts break down as follows:

  • Primary schools: 216 (58%)
  • Secondary schools: 140 (37%)
  • All-through schools: 6 (2%)
  • Special schools: 12 (3%)

The average number of schools in each member Trust is 22, with the actual number per Trust ranging from 5 to 62.
Of the total number of schools, nine are free schools and four are schools of another specialist type (e.g. Alternative Provider, in-house resource unit).
The profile of the 201,237 pupils across each of the QSG Trusts is also highly varied. The average number of pupils in each member Trust is 11,914, with the actual number per Trust ranging from 1,559 to 33,548.

The type of school being attended by pupils can be broken down as follows.

The demography of pupils can be broken down as follows.

When it comes to geography, the distribution of QSG Trusts is fairly even across all eight of the districts overseen by Regional School Commissioners.  The varying size of the Trusts means that some are quite localised. Ten of the 17 Trusts have schools in only one region, while one has schools in seven of the regions and another has schools in all eight. Similarly, the spread across local authorities is varied, ranging from a Trust with schools in one authority to another with schools in 28.

QSG and the national picture

Just as the size and shape of the 17 QSG Trusts is highly varied, so is the picture for MATs nationally. In 2016 it was estimated that 80% of MATs managed between  2 and 5 schools, 15% managed between 6 and 11 schools and 3.5% managed between 12 and 25 schools. Just 13 out of 738 MATs (1.5%) managed 26 or more schools. Meanwhile, the pupil demographic across QSG schools indicates that children in these Trusts are: slightly more likely to have SEND and not to have English as their first language; and considerably more likely to qualify as Pupil Premium students. These proportions are unsurprising given that a large majority of the schools  to be found in QSG Trusts are working in challenging circumstances.