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Free Schools

Question for Department for Education

UIN 378, tabled on 28 May 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, upon which criteria Wave 9 free school applications will be assessed.

Answered on

2 June 2015

Wave 9 free school applications will be assessed against the criteria set out in “Free school applications: criteria for assessment”, which is published on the Gov.UK website:

The criteria make clear that the assessment of an application will include an assessment of the extent to which the proposed school addresses any shortage of school places in the area (“need for pupil places”). The assessment will also judge the extent to which the school will add to the diversity of local provision, offer higher standards than other local schools and respond to parental demand (“local demand for new provision”).

All wave 9 applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their free school application. In due course, the successful applications and outcome letters sent to successful applicants will be published on the GOV.UK website.