Schools: Academies

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many academies are currently awaiting approval; and how many are expected to be approved by the end of the current Parliament.

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

So far 1,629 schools have been approved to open as academies. There are currently 232 schools which have applied to convert awaiting approval. Further details are available on the DfE website at http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies/a0069811/open-academies-map-and-schools-submitting-applications.

This is a demand-driven programme that responds to school applications to convert and therefore we do not estimate how many might have converted by the end of the current Parliament.

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