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Private Education: Sponsorship

Question for Department for Education

UIN 51277, tabled on 31 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many independent schools sponsor (a) academy schools, (b) free schools and (c) multi-academy trusts; and what the Ofsted grade is for each of those sponsored schools.

Answered on

9 November 2016

As at 1 October 2016 there were eight sponsors set up by independent schools sponsoring a total of 11 academies. The Ofsted categories for these 11 schools are as follows:

Ofsted category

No. of schools





Requires Improvement




Not visited


Source: Ofsted MI – 30 September 2016

There are three free schools sponsored by independent schools. One is rated outstanding, one is good and one has not been inspected.

These sponsors are linked directly to the schools they support. They do not sponsor multi-academy trusts.

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