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Education written question – answered on 22nd June 2011.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of progress on the academies programme in (a) Hastings and Rye constituency, (b) Hastings and (c) East Sussex.

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

As of 9 June 2011, two schools in the Hastings and Rye constituency and 27 schools in East Sussex have registered an interest in becoming an academy. Of these, neither of the schools in the Hastings and Rye constituency have submitted an application; one school, Ringmer community college, in East Sussex has submitted an application and been issued an Academy Order. We have received no registrations of interest to become academies from schools in Hastings.

Eastbourne Academy in East Sussex opened as a sponsored academy in 2010. In addition, Filsham Valley school, The Grove and Hillcrest school in East Sussex are planned to open as two sponsored academies in September 2011.

Full details of schools that have formally applied for academy status, as well as a list of academies that have opened in the academic year 2010/11 can be found on the Department for Education Academies website at:

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