Half of new free schools will be created in London

Michael Gove has announced 102 new free schools which are going to open in the England in 2014. 

The schools, which are state-funded independent schools, will join the existing 81 free schools which have already opened and aim to create 50,000 new places for pupils.

The Department for Education said:

Many of the free schools approved today will be based in areas of deprivation, or where there is a shortage of school places, like the schools open or approved before them.

We’ve looked at the areas where they are going to be built and found that the majority of these new schools, almost half, will spring up in London.

The most notable absence is that there are no free schools to be opening in the North East in the latest round of announcements.

Despite London dominating the regions for the number of new free schools the most new free schools a local authority area has is 4.

Waltham Forest, Newham, Hertfordshire, Birmingham are the local authorities who will see the most free new schools. 

A breakdown of the new schools by local authority can be found below.

What age pupils will be going to the schools?

How the free schools are made up:

  • 78 are mainstream schools
  • 8 are special schools
  • 16 are alternative provision
  • 33 are primary
  • 36 are secondary
  • 11 are all through schools
  • 5 are 14 to 19 schools
  • 5 are 16 to 19 schools
  • 12 are other age groups


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