Free Schools:Written question - 47153

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Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Education
Free Schools
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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) business-led, (b) Muslim-led, (c) Church of England-led, (d) Roman Catholic-led schools, (e) other faith schools and (f) other free schools have been announced in each year since the free school programme started.
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Corrected answer by: Edward Timpson
Corrected on: 22 November 2016
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 01 November 2016.
The correct answer should have been:

Free school applicants are invited to describe the nature of their group; most will describe the group in terms of the schools they already have, for example, a multi-academy trust or a chain of free schools. Some groups will use terms such as a group of parents or teachers.

There are a number of free schools that have strong business links but only the Cathedral Free School in Liverpool has described itself as business-led.

As faith free school applicants may use a variety of terms to describe their group, the table below provides a breakdown of applications approved into the pre-opening phase by the faith designation of the school (b)-(d), with (e) being applications approved into the pre-opening phase with no faith designation. “Other faith designations” includes Christian schools where the denomination has not been specified.

Muslim faith Designation

Church of England faith Designation

Roman Catholic faith designation

Other faith designations

Other free schools

2010 (Wave 1)

1

1

0

3 4

19

2011 (Waves 1 and 2)

1

3

1

7 6

61

2012 (Wave 3)

3

2

1

13

85

2013 (Wave 4)

6

0

0

8

89

2014 (Waves 5, 6 and 7)

0

2

0

11

72

2015 (Waves 8, 9, and free school presumptions)

3

0

0

7

63

2016 (Waves 10, 11, and free school presumptions)

3

6

0

6

143

Not all applications approved into the pre-opening phase go on to open as schools. Some projects are deferred, withdrawn or cancelled, and some schools have closed. Deferral or cancellation can be for a variety and sometimes a combination of reasons, but overall it will have been because the department did not believe the free school trust was ready to open a free school offering a good or better education.

Contributory factors include a lack of site or building, insufficient pupil recruitment, under-developed leadership and/or governance arrangements. In each case, decisions will have been based on the progress of the project or school, and will have balanced the risk of opening on the original date, or remaining open, against all the elements needed to be in place for a successful school.

In the case of open free schools, they will have closed because they were not delivering a good or better education.


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Answered by: Edward Timpson
Answered on: 01 November 2016

Free school applicants are invited to describe the nature of their group; most will describe the group in terms of the schools they already have, for example, a multi-academy trust or a chain of free schools. Some groups will use terms such as a group of parents or teachers.

There are a number of free schools that have strong business links but only the Cathedral Free School in Liverpool has described itself as business-led.

As faith free school applicants may use a variety of terms to describe their group, the table below provides a breakdown of applications approved into the pre-opening phase by the faith designation of the school (b)-(d), with (e) being applications approved into the pre-opening phase with no faith designation. “Other faith designations” includes Christian schools where the denomination has not been specified.

Muslim faith Designation

Church of England faith Designation

Roman Catholic faith designation

Other faith designations

Other free schools

2010 (Wave 1)

1

1

0

3 4

19

2011 (Waves 1 and 2)

1

3

1

7 6

61

2012 (Wave 3)

3

2

1

13

85

2013 (Wave 4)

6

0

0

8

89

2014 (Waves 5, 6 and 7)

0

2

0

11

72

2015 (Waves 8, 9, and free school presumptions)

3

0

0

7

63

2016 (Waves 10, 11, and free school presumptions)

3

6

0

6

143

Not all applications approved into the pre-opening phase go on to open as schools. Some projects are deferred, withdrawn or cancelled, and some schools have closed. Deferral or cancellation can be for a variety and sometimes a combination of reasons, but overall it will have been because the department did not believe the free school trust was ready to open a free school offering a good or better education.

Contributory factors include a lack of site or building, insufficient pupil recruitment, under-developed leadership and/or governance arrangements. In each case, decisions will have been based on the progress of the project or school, and will have balanced the risk of opening on the original date, or remaining open, against all the elements needed to be in place for a successful school.

In the case of open free schools, they will have closed because they were not delivering a good or better education.


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