Free Schools: Closures

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Angela Rayner Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many free schools have closed in each academic year since 2010-11, and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

There are currently 393 free schools open. Since 2010, eight free schools have closed.

Academic year

Free school closures

2013/14

1

2014/15

3

2015/16

1

2016/17

3

Total

8

The primary objective of the department when making a decision to close a school is to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for pupils and to secure value for money for the taxpayer.

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