Free School and Academy Programmes

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th June 2018.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education) 12:00 am, 25th June 2018

My hon. Friend is right. Since 2010, the creation of the free schools programme has been a huge success. Those schools, which often serve disproportionately disadvantaged communities, have unleashed innovation and driven up academic standards. To give just one example, 92% of disadvantaged pupils at Reach Academy Feltham achieved grade 4 or above in English and maths last year.