Schools: Construction

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th February 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his policy is on local authorities having control of new build schools on new sites; and if he will make a statement.

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

Local authorities have a duty to plan and secure sufficient schools for their area. Where a local authority identifies the need to establish a new school, Section 6A of Education and Inspections Act 2006 places the local authority under a duty to seek proposals to establish an academy (free school) and to specify a date by which proposals must be submitted to the local authority. This is known as the free school presumption and is the main route for local authorities to set up new schools. The Local authority must also provide the site for the school.

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