School places and Free Schools

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given your commitment in your Education Programme Delivery Plan 2013 to help address the crisis is school places, can you detail - by borough, school and year group - the number of school places that you have directly helped to create through your Free Schools programme? Please list this as the actual number of pupils who are currently studying in each school, rather than as any projected figures.


Answer for School places and Free Schools

Answer for School places and Free Schools

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Free Schools, like most new schools, tend to open with a single year group and then fill up gradually; therefore the current number of pupils enrolled is not an accurate representation of the number of places created. In addition, the construction of a new school takes time, so while a school may be benefiting from a site facilitated by the GLA, they may not be located on that site yet. Details of places created by schools opening on GLA Group land can be found here: 

However, it should be noted that more GLA Group sites are in the pipeline and that the GLA attempts to facilitate the creation of new school places in ways beyond the provision of sites.