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New Schools

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools were built under the direct management of (a) his Department and (b) local authorities in each of the past 30 years. (116929)

The Department for Education and Skills does not directly procure or manage the building of new schools.

We do not collect information on new schools built by local authorities, in support of our policies of devolving decision-making to the local level and minimising bureaucratic burden. But we estimate that since 1997, 800 new schools have been built around the country.

However, we have information on the numbers of new schools (including replacement schools) built in recent years through the private finance initiative, and in the academies programme. This information is provided in the table below. We will collect this information systematically in Building Schools for the Future and the primary capital programme.

Number of new schools completed in each year:

PFI

Academies

Total

1999-2000

3

n/a

3

2000-01

5

n/a

5

2001-02

18

n/a

18

2002-03

30

n/a

30

2003-04

51

4

55

2004-05

23

5

28

2005-06

25

6

31

2006-07

32

7

39

Additionally, in the voluntary aided sector, the number of new schools built each year, listed by year of project approval is:

Voluntary aided

2001-02

4

2002-03

17

2003-04

7

2004-05

0

2005-06

1

2006-07

0

Note:

These figures under-represent the number of new voluntary aided schools opened, as they do not include where a new school is open, but where all elements of construction are not yet completed. Nor do the figures include new voluntary aided schools approved in earlier years but completed in or after 2001-02, where the records are not readily accessible.

We have not searched for records on new schools going back to 1977 as this would exceed the disproportionate cost threshold.