School places

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You have recently stated that you support the creation of new free schools, even in areas where there is not necessarily a shortage of places. Given the crisis in many parts of London due to a lack of school places, is this good strategic planning and use of resources?


Answer for School places

Answer for School places

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Free schools form part of the answer to London's school places shortage. But they can do much more: opening great new schools across the capital - whether in an area of shortage or not - will drive up standards and give parents meaningful choice. We want every London child to have not just a school place but a good school place. Working towards this objective represents an excellent use of resources.