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Free Schools

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which free schools opened in September 2014; and how many children were enrolled at each such school at the time they opened.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

77 new free schools opened in September 2014. The names of the schools are published online at:

The Department for Education does not collect data on the numbers of pupils enrolled at each free school on the day it opens. However, every free school is closely monitored both before it opens and again during the autumn term to ensure it has a sufficient number of pupils to make it viable. As in previous years, the Department’s annual collection of pupil numbers will take place in January and we will publish the data for every school in the country in summer 2015.

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