Secondary Education: Barnet

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will make an assessment of the need for additional secondary schools in the London Borough of Barnet.

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

Officials are working with Barnet Council to determine the need for a further secondary free school within the borough. This school is in addition to two currently planned free schools that will provide 1,800 secondary places for ages 11 to 16 when at capacity.

Opening new free schools in areas of need is a key priority for this Government, and supports the efforts of local authorities to fulfil their duty to provide sufficient school places. In addition, the Department has provided Barnet local authority with £87 million between 2011-2017 to create new school places, and allocated a further £25.5 million for 2017-2020.

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