School size by type of education and ideological basis

School size by type of education and ideological basis

Type of education Ideological basis of the school Schoolsize Periods Schools/institutions (number) Enrolled pupils/students (number)
Total primary schools Total Total 2015/16 6,986 1,546,049
Total primary schools Total Total 2016/17 6,894 1,528,206
Total primary schools Total Total 2017/18 6,805 1,515,489
Total primary schools Total Total 2018/19 6,741 1,508,854
Total primary schools Total Total 2019/20 6,707 1,501,997
Total primary schools Total Total 2020/21 6,661 1,491,988
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2015/16 2,205 457,524
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2016/17 2,161 450,889
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2017/18 2,124 445,281
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2018/19 2,103 443,112
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2019/20 2,080 440,530
Total primary schools Public schools Total 2020/21 2,049 436,145
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2015/16 4,781 1,088,525
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2016/17 4,733 1,077,317
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2017/18 4,681 1,070,208
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2018/19 4,638 1,065,742
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2019/20 4,627 1,061,467
Total primary schools Special schools Total 2020/21 4,612 1,055,843
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 2,031 416,065
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 2,003 411,548
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 1,978 407,340
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 1,955 404,489
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 1,943 401,914
Total primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 1,936 399,588
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 2,100 507,744
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 2,079 499,817
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 2,053 494,394
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 2,033 490,649
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 2,023 486,902
Total primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 2,010 482,141
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2015/16 650 164,716
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2016/17 651 165,952
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2017/18 650 168,474
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2018/19 650 170,604
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2019/20 661 172,651
Total primary schools Other special schools Total 2020/21 666 174,114
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2015/16 6,715 1,477,853
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2016/17 6,627 1,461,161
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2017/18 6,539 1,447,973
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2018/19 6,476 1,440,428
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2019/20 6,442 1,432,181
Total (special) primary education Total Total 2020/21 6,396 1,421,780
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2015/16 2,139 445,609
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2016/17 2,098 439,015
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2017/18 2,063 433,546
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2018/19 2,043 431,134
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2019/20 2,020 428,171
Total (special) primary education Public schools Total 2020/21 1,989 423,445
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2015/16 4,576 1,032,244
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2016/17 4,529 1,022,146
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2017/18 4,476 1,014,427
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2018/19 4,433 1,009,294
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2019/20 4,422 1,004,010
Total (special) primary education Special schools Total 2020/21 4,407 998,335
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 1,987 409,181
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 1,961 404,898
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 1,936 400,426
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 1,913 397,225
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 1,901 394,395
Total (special) primary education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 1,894 391,901
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 2,035 488,883
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 2,014 481,513
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 1,990 477,242
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 1,970 473,434
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 1,960 469,435
Total (special) primary education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 1,947 464,621
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2015/16 554 134,180
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2016/17 554 135,735
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2017/18 550 136,759
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2018/19 550 138,635
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2019/20 561 140,180
Total (special) primary education Other special schools Total 2020/21 566 141,813
Primary schools Total Total 2015/16 6,431 1,443,126
Primary schools Total Total 2016/17 6,348 1,427,299
Primary schools Total Total 2017/18 6,266 1,414,022
Primary schools Total Total 2018/19 6,204 1,405,487
Primary schools Total Total 2019/20 6,174 1,396,452
Primary schools Total Total 2020/21 6,131 1,386,112
Primary schools Public schools Total 2015/16 2,062 437,151
Primary schools Public schools Total 2016/17 2,024 430,813
Primary schools Public schools Total 2017/18 1,992 425,438
Primary schools Public schools Total 2018/19 1,972 422,748
Primary schools Public schools Total 2019/20 1,952 419,598
Primary schools Public schools Total 2020/21 1,922 414,883
Primary schools Special schools Total 2015/16 4,369 1,005,975
Primary schools Special schools Total 2016/17 4,324 996,486
Primary schools Special schools Total 2017/18 4,274 988,584
Primary schools Special schools Total 2018/19 4,232 982,739
Primary schools Special schools Total 2019/20 4,222 976,854
Primary schools Special schools Total 2020/21 4,209 971,229
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 1,917 400,943
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 1,892 396,868
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 1,869 392,434
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 1,846 389,034
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 1,834 385,916
Primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 1,827 383,314
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 1,952 478,178
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 1,933 471,174
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 1,910 466,675
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 1,890 462,499
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 1,882 458,430
Primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 1,872 454,001
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2015/16 500 126,854
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2016/17 499 128,444
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2017/18 495 129,475
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2018/19 496 131,206
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2019/20 506 132,508
Primary schools Other special schools Total 2020/21 510 133,914
Special primary schools Total Total 2015/16 284 34,727
Special primary schools Total Total 2016/17 279 33,862
Special primary schools Total Total 2017/18 273 33,951
Special primary schools Total Total 2018/19 272 34,941
Special primary schools Total Total 2019/20 268 35,729
Special primary schools Total Total 2020/21 265 35,668
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2015/16 77 8,458
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2016/17 74 8,202
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2017/18 71 8,108
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2018/19 71 8,386
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2019/20 68 8,573
Special primary schools Public schools Total 2020/21 67 8,562
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2015/16 207 26,269
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2016/17 205 25,660
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2017/18 202 25,843
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2018/19 201 26,555
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2019/20 200 27,156
Special primary schools Special schools Total 2020/21 198 27,106
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 70 8,238
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 69 8,030
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 67 7,992
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 67 8,191
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 67 8,479
Special primary schools Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 67 8,587
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 83 10,705
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 81 10,339
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 80 10,567
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 80 10,935
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 78 11,005
Special primary schools Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 75 10,620
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2015/16 54 7,326
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2016/17 55 7,291
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2017/18 55 7,284
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2018/19 54 7,429
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2019/20 55 7,672
Special primary schools Other special schools Total 2020/21 56 7,899
Special schools Total Total 2015/16 271 68,196
Special schools Total Total 2016/17 267 67,045
Special schools Total Total 2017/18 266 67,516
Special schools Total Total 2018/19 265 68,426
Special schools Total Total 2019/20 265 69,816
Special schools Total Total 2020/21 265 70,208
Special schools Public schools Total 2015/16 66 11,915
Special schools Public schools Total 2016/17 63 11,874
Special schools Public schools Total 2017/18 61 11,735
Special schools Public schools Total 2018/19 60 11,978
Special schools Public schools Total 2019/20 60 12,359
Special schools Public schools Total 2020/21 60 12,700
Special schools Special schools Total 2015/16 205 56,281
Special schools Special schools Total 2016/17 204 55,171
Special schools Special schools Total 2017/18 205 55,781
Special schools Special schools Total 2018/19 205 56,448
Special schools Special schools Total 2019/20 205 57,457
Special schools Special schools Total 2020/21 205 57,508
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 44 6,884
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 42 6,650
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 42 6,914
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 42 7,264
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 42 7,519
Special schools Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 42 7,687
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 65 18,861
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 65 18,304
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 63 17,152
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 63 17,215
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 63 17,467
Special schools Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 63 17,520
Special schools Other special schools Total 2015/16 96 30,536
Special schools Other special schools Total 2016/17 97 30,217
Special schools Other special schools Total 2017/18 100 31,715
Special schools Other special schools Total 2018/19 100 31,969
Special schools Other special schools Total 2019/20 100 32,471
Special schools Other special schools Total 2020/21 100 32,301
Total secondary general education Total Total 2015/16 651 995,336
Total secondary general education Total Total 2016/17 648 995,477
Total secondary general education Total Total 2017/18 652 985,252
Total secondary general education Total Total 2018/19 649 968,243
Total secondary general education Total Total 2019/20 650 950,461
Total secondary general education Total Total 2020/21 648 934,228
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2015/16 184 263,987
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2016/17 186 266,925
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2017/18 187 267,016
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2018/19 187 263,621
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2019/20 184 256,998
Total secondary general education Public schools Total 2020/21 184 252,284
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2015/16 467 731,349
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2016/17 462 728,552
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2017/18 465 718,236
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2018/19 462 704,622
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2019/20 466 693,463
Total secondary general education Special schools Total 2020/21 464 681,944
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 132 213,465
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 132 213,362
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 133 211,382
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 133 208,065
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 131 203,970
Total secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 129 199,490
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 151 242,956
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 146 242,599
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 145 238,559
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 145 229,044
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 146 223,496
Total secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 146 217,614
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2015/16 184 274,928
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2016/17 184 272,591
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2017/18 187 268,295
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2018/19 184 267,513
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2019/20 189 265,997
Total secondary general education Other special schools Total 2020/21 189 264,840
Secondary general education Total Total 2015/16 651 995,336
Secondary general education Total Total 2016/17 648 995,477
Secondary general education Total Total 2017/18 652 985,252
Secondary general education Total Total 2018/19 649 968,243
Secondary general education Total Total 2019/20 650 950,461
Secondary general education Total Total 2020/21 648 934,228
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2015/16 184 263,987
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2016/17 186 266,925
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2017/18 187 267,016
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2018/19 187 263,621
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2019/20 184 256,998
Secondary general education Public schools Total 2020/21 184 252,284
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2015/16 467 731,349
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2016/17 462 728,552
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2017/18 465 718,236
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2018/19 462 704,622
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2019/20 466 693,463
Secondary general education Special schools Total 2020/21 464 681,944
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 132 213,465
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 132 213,362
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 133 211,382
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 133 208,065
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 131 203,970
Secondary general education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 129 199,490
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 151 242,956
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 146 242,599
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 145 238,559
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 145 229,044
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 146 223,496
Secondary general education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 146 217,614
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2015/16 184 274,928
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2016/17 184 272,591
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2017/18 187 268,295
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2018/19 184 267,513
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2019/20 189 265,997
Secondary general education Other special schools Total 2020/21 189 264,840
Special secondary education Total Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Total Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Total Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Total Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Total Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Total Total 2020/21
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Public schools Total 2020/21
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Special schools Total 2020/21
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2015/16
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2016/17
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2017/18
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2018/19
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2019/20
Special secondary education Other special schools Total 2020/21
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2015/16 66 475,872
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2016/17 66 483,303
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2017/18 66 487,110
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2018/19 63 497,110
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2019/20 62 503,011
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Total Total 2020/21 62 508,764
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2015/16 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2016/17 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2017/18 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2018/19 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2019/20 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Public schools Total 2020/21 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2015/16 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2016/17 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2017/18 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2018/19 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2019/20 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Special schools Total 2020/21 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2015/16 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2016/17 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2017/18 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2018/19 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2019/20 . .
Secondary vocational education (MBO) Other special schools Total 2020/21 . .
Higher professional education Total Total 2015/16 37 442,594
Higher professional education Total Total 2016/17 37 446,645
Higher professional education Total Total 2017/18 37 452,690
Higher professional education Total Total 2018/19 36 455,670
Higher professional education Total Total 2019/20 36 463,330
Higher professional education Total Total 2020/21 36 489,262
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2015/16 . .
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2016/17 . .
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2017/18 . .
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2018/19 . .
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2019/20 . .
Higher professional education Public schools Total 2020/21 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2015/16 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2016/17 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2017/18 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2018/19 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2019/20 . .
Higher professional education Special schools Total 2020/21 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 . .
Higher professional education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 . .
Higher professional education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2015/16 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2016/17 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2017/18 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2018/19 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2019/20 . .
Higher professional education Other special schools Total 2020/21 . .
University education Total Total 2015/16 19 261,169
University education Total Total 2016/17 20 268,027
University education Total Total 2017/18 21 280,038
University education Total Total 2018/19 21 294,712
University education Total Total 2019/20 21 306,888
University education Total Total 2020/21 21 331,419
University education Public schools Total 2015/16 . .
University education Public schools Total 2016/17 . .
University education Public schools Total 2017/18 . .
University education Public schools Total 2018/19 . .
University education Public schools Total 2019/20 . .
University education Public schools Total 2020/21 . .
University education Special schools Total 2015/16 . .
University education Special schools Total 2016/17 . .
University education Special schools Total 2017/18 . .
University education Special schools Total 2018/19 . .
University education Special schools Total 2019/20 . .
University education Special schools Total 2020/21 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2015/16 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2016/17 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2017/18 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2018/19 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2019/20 . .
University education Protestant Schools Total 2020/21 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2015/16 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2016/17 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2017/18 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2018/19 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2019/20 . .
University education Roman Catholic Total 2020/21 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2015/16 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2016/17 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2017/18 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2018/19 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2019/20 . .
University education Other special schools Total 2020/21 . .
Source: CBS
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains figures on schools and educational institutions by type of education, ideological basis and school size. It concerns schools and educational institutions financed by the government. Figures for the adult education are left out of this table, because the number of institutions is not available.

Data available from: School-/academic year 1990/91.

Status of the figures:
The figures up to and including school-/academic year 2020/21 are final and the figures of school-/academic year 2021/22 are provisional.

Changes on 29 July 2022:
The final figures of school-/academic year 2020/21 and the provisional figures of school-/academic year 2021/22 are added.

When will new figures be published?
In the third quarter of 2023 the provisional figures of school-/academic year 2021/22 will be replaced by final figures and the provisional figures of school-/academic year 2022/23 will be added in this publication.

Description topics

Schools/institutions
Number of schools and educational institutions, i.e. financed by
the government.
Enrolled pupils/students
Number of pupils/students at schools or educational institutions which are financed by the government.