Record number of under-performing schools to become academies

Published on Monday, 05 September 2011 16:11
Posted by Scott Buckler

More children will have the opportunity of a great education as record numbers of weak schools are turned into academies this year

Forty-five sponsored academies will open in September, with a further forty-nine due to open during this academic year. This is the highest ever number of new sponsored academies to open in one year.

In addition, 185 good schools will become academies this month – on top of the 796 who have already converted. These schools can now take charge of their own affairs and enjoy the professional freedom and control that academy status brings.

Since September 2010, 1,097 schools have become academies (116 sponsored academies, 981 converter academies), meaning that 1300 academies are now open, compared to 203 opened before the Academies Act of July 2011.  This is more than a six-fold increase.

This means that more than 40 per cent of all secondary schools are now open or in the process of opening as academies.

As of this September:


  • there are 1,300 Academies open across the country
  • in 29 local authorities, the majority of secondary schools are academies
  • in addition to the open academies, a further 575 are in the pipeline, with more applications expected in the new school year
  • the first 12 special schools have become Academies and we are working with 25 who are interested in doing so over the next year.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said today:

Teachers, not politicians or bureaucrats, should run schools. They should be free to innovate in the classroom. That is why thousands of schools are becoming academies.

Every child should be able to attend a good school. But we have inherited one of the most stratified and segregated education systems in the developed world.

Thankfully, record numbers of weak schools are becoming academies this year, so we are giving more and more children opportunities that have historically been the preserve of those from wealthy backgrounds.

Source: DFE

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