Schools: Free Schools

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the introduction of the free school programme, they considered the option of schools which would be partly dependent on parent payments, with the balance being funded by the state.

Photo of Lord Hill of Oareford Lord Hill of Oareford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

No. Our reforms, through academies and the introduction of free schools, build on the guiding principle that high quality, free education should be available to all irrespective of parents' ability to pay.

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