Foundation Primary Schools

House of Lords written question – answered at on 10 October 2005.

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Photo of Baroness David Baroness David Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many foundation primary schools there were in 1999; for each subsequent year, how many applications there have been for such status; whether those applications were approved by school organisation committees; and how many applications were approved on appeal to an adjudicator.

Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Schools)

The new schools framework, which provides for schools to be community, foundation or voluntary schools, was introduced in September 1999. The first school census carried out after the introduction of the framework showed that there were 359 foundation primary schools (including middle deemed primary schools) in England in January 2000.

Following the introduction of the new framework, schools were unable to publish proposals to change category until 1 September 2000. The table below provides details of the numbers of proposals published for primary schools to change school category to foundation, and the outcome of those proposals.

Year

proposals

published

Approved by SOC Rejected by SOC Approved by schools adjudicator Rejected by schools adjudicator Total
2001 4 1 2 0 7
2002 3 0 1 0 4
2003 3 0 0 0 3
2004 1 0 0 0 1

The department has not been informed of any proposals published in 2005 to date. All proposals where the local school organisation committee cannot reach a unanimous decision within a specified period must be referred to the schools adjudicator for decision.

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