Free Schools: Closures:Written question - 143670

Q
(Bolton North East)
Asked on: 14 May 2018
Department for Education
Free Schools: Closures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools have closed in each year for which data is available.
A
Corrected answer by: Nadhim Zahawi
Corrected on: 15 June 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 22 May 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

There are currently 393 free schools open. Since 2010, eight free schools have closed. and one closure is planned for summer 2018. The primary objective of the department when making a decision to close a school is to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for pupils and to secure value for money for the taxpayer.

Academic year

Free school closures

2013/14

Discovery New School

2014/15

The Durham Free School, Dawes Lane Academy, Stockport Technical School

2015/16

St Michael’s Secondary School

2016/17

Bolton Wanderers Free School, Collective Spirit Free School

Southwark Free School

2017/18

Southwark Free School

Total

8

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Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 22 May 2018

There are currently 393 free schools open. Since 2010, eight free schools have closed. and one closure is planned for summer 2018. The primary objective of the department when making a decision to close a school is to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for pupils and to secure value for money for the taxpayer.

Academic year

Free school closures

2013/14

Discovery New School

2014/15

The Durham Free School, Dawes Lane Academy, Stockport Technical School

2015/16

St Michael’s Secondary School

2016/17

Bolton Wanderers Free School, Collective Spirit Free School

Southwark Free School

2017/18

Southwark Free School

Total

8

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