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More than 100 new free schools approved

Education secretary Michael Gove has approved 102 new free school applications to open in September 2014, delivering around 50,000 new school places.

There are already 81 open free schools, with a further 109 scheduled to open in September 2013.

Of the 102 new free schools approved, 33 are primary, 36 are secondary, 11 are all-through schools, five are 14-19 schools, five are 16-19 schools and 12 are for other age groups.

Capital funding for the approved free schools is “still to be decided” and will be subject to government’s next spending review.

Education secretary Michael Gove said: “There are many innovators in local communities set on raising standards of education for their children. I am delighted to approve so many of their high-quality plans to open a free school.

“Free schools are extremely popular with parents and are delivering strong discipline and teaching excellence across the country.”

Approved free school applicants must secure a site in order to finalise their plans to open from September 2014.

Surplus government property available to buy or rent, including those suitable for free schools, is listed on a website co-developed by the Department for Education and the Cabinet Office.

A DfE spokesman said any building or refurbishment work needed on sites would be managed by the Education Funding Agency.

The DfE said 72 per cent of all free school approvals and 91 per cent of primary approvals will go towards meeting basic need for pupil places.

It added that 44 per cent of the mainstream free schools announced today are expected to be located in the 30 per cent most deprived communities in the country.

Free schools are state-funded schools independent of local authority control. They are run by teachers and have the freedom to decide the length of the school day and term, the curriculum, and how they reward their teachers and spend their money.

Regional breakdown of all 102 free schools

  • East Midlands – 5
  • East of England – 9
  • London – 46
  • North-west – 11
  • South-east – 11
  • South-west – 3
  • West Midlands – 8
  • Yorkshire and Humber – 9

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