Schools: Foundation Primary Schools

House of Lords written question – answered at on 25 January 2006.

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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 have been made; whether those applications were approved or otherwise by the school organisation committee; and how many applications were approved on appeal to the 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 was introduced in September 1999 and at that time there were 359 foundation primary schools. The following table sets out the numbers of proposals to establish new foundation primary schools, and to change the category of existing primary schools to foundation, together with the decisions and decision making bodies in each year since 1999:

SOC Adjudicator LEA Totals
Approved Rejected Approved Rejected Determined to Implement Awaiting Decision New School Change Category
2001 New School 1 1
2001 Change Category 4 1 2 7
2002 New School 1 1
2002 Change Category 3 1 4
2003 New School
2003 Change Category 3 3
2004 New School 1 1 2
2004 Change Category 1 1
2005 New School 1 2 3
2005 Change Category 1 1
Totals 15 1 4 0 1 2 7 16

No proposals were published in 1999 or 2000 to establish new foundation primary schools, or to change the category of any primary schools to foundation. Local authorities are able to "determine to implement" proposals for new schools if they published the proposals and there were no objections.

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