Academies: Sponsorship

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Conservative, Surrey Heath

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many independent schools currently sponsor academies; what independent schools sponsor academies; and which academies each such independent school sponsors.

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

As of 3 March 2017, eight organisations have been set up by independent schools for the purpose of sponsoring academies. They currently sponsor 11 academies in total.

Three free schools are sponsored by independent schools.

The following table contains the names of the relevant academies, the sponsor organisations to which they are linked, and the relevant independent school(s) that originally established the sponsor organisation.

Academy Name

Sponsor name

Independent School/ Independent School Organisation

Orchard Meadow Primary School

Blackbird Academy Trust

Dragon School

Windale Community Primary School

Blackbird Academy Trust

Dragon School

Theale Green School

Bradfield College

Bradfield College

The Bourne Academy

Canford School

Canford School

Birkenhead High School Academy

Girls' Day School Trust (GDST)

Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) – umbrella body of independent schools

The Belvedere Academy

Girls' Day School Trust (GDST)

Girls' Day School Trust (GDST) – umbrella body of independent schools

Haileybury Turnford

Haileybury Academy Trust

Haileybury and Imperial Service College

Messing Primary School

New Hall Academy Trust

New Hall School

The Steiner Academy Hereford

Steiner Waldorf

Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship – umbrella body of independent schools

Wellington Primary Academy

Wellington College

Wellington College

The Wellington Academy

Wellington College

Wellington College

The following table contains the names of the relevant free schools and the sponsoring independent schools.

Free School Name

Independent School/ Independent School Organisation

New Islington Free School

Manchester Grammar School

London Academy of Excellence

Brighton College & a consortium of Eton College, Highgate School, City of London School

Holyport Free School

Eton College

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