Academy Status

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12 July 2010.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford 2:30, 12 July 2010

How many expressions of interest in academy status his Department has received from schools in the Kent and Medway local authority area.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Ninety-five expressions of interest in academy status have been received from schools in Kent, and nine expressions of interest have been received from schools in Medway.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch Conservative, Chatham and Aylesford

I thank the Minister for his reply, and I am sure that he will be reassured to hear that many of the head teachers I have spoken to are genuinely very enthusiastic about the programme. The Minister will be aware that many of the schools in Kent and Medway that have expressed an interest are grammar schools. Can he assure the House that if they were to become academies they would retain their selective status?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

I am happy to give my hon. Friend that assurance.