Forgive me for being an anorak, but I felt that I had to get to the bottom of the conflicting reports last week from the Guardian & BBC. So I went on a hunt for the data upon which the reports were based. The trail lead me to a wonderful corner of the DCSF website, the Research & Statistics Gateway, that one could quite easily lose oneself in for, oh, minutes!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, after compiling some data on pupil numbers, I managed to produce the following pictoral evidence (thanks to the wonderful Zoho suite of online applications). Indeed, the numbers in Independent Schools remain healthy. I calculated the number of pupils at Independent schools as a percentage of the total number of pupils in full time education in the UK. For the raw data, this is the link to the Zoho database table.