Academy status applications ‘overwhelming’

The Secretary of State has outlined the number of schools which have shown an interest in becoming academies following the DfE announcement of the intention to expand the programme.

Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said: “I believe that headteachers and teachers know best how to run schools, not local bureaucrats or politicians. That’s why last week I wrote to every school in the country inviting them to take up academy freedoms if they wished to do so. 

“The response has been overwhelming. In just one week, over 1,100 schools have applied. Of these, 626 are outstanding schools, including over 250 primary schools, nearly 300 secondary schools (over half of all the outstanding secondary schools in the country) and over 50 special schools.”