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Academies

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what freedoms are available to academies that are not automatically available to local authority schools; and if he will make a statement. (149861)

Academies have a range of freedoms that are not automatically available to local authority schools.

These freedoms include:

Freedom to establish their own pay and conditions system for staff, with the exception of those who transfer from the predecessor school under the transfer of undertakings and protection of employment regulations.

A greater degree of flexibility in their curriculum provision than community schools. Following the Secretary of State's statement on 10 July 2007, all future academies will follow the national curriculum programmes of study in the core subjects: English; Science, Maths and ICT. However, academies do not have to follow the national curriculum disapplication procedures.

Greater flexibility over the size and composition of governing bodies. Academy governance is not prescribed in regulations, but the Department does insist on parental and local authority representation in all cases: all academies must have one elected parent and one governor appointed by the local authority. Beyond this, academies are free to determine their own governance arrangements.

Freedom over the length of school days and the number of sessions taught. This allows academies to tailor the school day to target underachievement and raise standards as effectively as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many academies there were in each year since 2000-01; and how many he expects there to be in each year to 2012-13. (149862)

The Government are committed to opening 400 academies. Details of the number of academies opened and planned to open between 2002 (when the first academy opened) and 2008 are included in the following table. The number of academies that open in subsequent years will depend on the final allocation of the Department's comprehensive spending review settlement. We remain committed to our target of the same 200 academies open for in the pipeline by 2010 as we progress to opening 400 academies.

Number

2002

3

2003

9

2004

5

2005

10

2006

19

April 2007

1

September 2007

36

2008

50

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the cost has been of each academy built since 2000-01; and what the estimated costs are of each academy so far approved but not completed. (149863)

There are 27 academies where building work has been completed. The capital cost of each is detailed under the heading ‘Completed Costs’ in the following chart.

These figures represent the known position as at June 2007 and are subject to change as final accounts have yet to be agreed.

The chart also details the estimated capital cost of other academies where building work has not yet been completed.

Academy name

£ million1

Completed costs

1

Bexley Business Academy

38,5

2

Walsall City Academy

17.5

3

Greig City Academy

16.5

4

Capital City Academy

27.5

5

Lambeth Academy

25.5

6

King's Academy

22.5

7

Unity City Academy

22.0

8

The West London Academy

32.5

9

Stockley Academy

28.0

10

Djanogly City Academy

23.5

11

The Academy at Peckham

30.0

12

Bristol City Academy

27.5

13

Manchester Academy

20 0

14

Mossbourne Community Academy

28.5

15

The Academy of St. Francis of Assisi

21.0

16

Northampton Academy

27.5

17

City of London Academy

33.5

18

Trinity Academy

25.0

19

Marlowe Academy

28.0

20

London Academy

33.5

21

Sandwell Academy

27.0

22

Grace Academy—Solihull

31.5

23

Salford City Academy

16.5

24

David Young Community Academy

23.5

25

Dixons City Academy

6.5

26

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Academy

7.0

27

Haberdashers’ Knights Academy

40.5

Estimated costs

28

St. Paul's Academy

39.0

29

Harefield Academy

34.0

30

Macmillan Academy

13.0

31

Barnsley Academy

28.5

32

The Petchey Academy

34.0

33

North Liverpool Academy

34.0

34

The John Madejski Academy

27.5

35

Westminster Academy

30.5

36

Paddington Academy

31.5

37

Sheffield Springs

26.5

38

Sheffield Park

27.5

39

Walthamstowe Academy

29.5

40

Landau Forte College

4.5

41

The St. Matthew Academy

31.0

42

Leigh Technology Academy

36.5

43

Folkestone Academy

37.0

44

Bradford Academy

20.5

45

The Harris Academy South Norwood

36.0

46

Oasis Academy—Enfield

29.5

47

St. Mary Magdalene Academy

42.0

48

The Samworth Enterprise Academy

19.5

49

The Thomas Deacon Academy

48.0

50

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace

10.5

51

Ashcroft Technology Academy

13.0

52

John Cabot Academy

4.0

53

The Corby Business Academy

4.5

54

Gateway Academy

29.5

55

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

35.0

56

Langley Academy

31.5

57

The Bridge Academy

47.5

58

The Corby Business Academy

27.0

59

Herefordshire 1 (Steiner)

9.0

60

The Globe Academy

38.5

61

Evelyn Grace Academy

36.0

62

Excelsior Academy

38.0

63

Q3 Academy

29.5

64

Oasis Academy—Immingham

26.5

65

Oasis Academy—Wintringham

25.0

66

Stockport Academy

27.5

67

Merchants' Academy Withywood

29.0

68

The Harris Bermondsey Academy

17.5

69

Bacon's A Church of England Sponsored Academy

4.5

70

William Hulme's Grammar School

9.5

71

City of London Academy—Islington

29.0

72

Sandwell—Willengsworth

30.0

73

Grace Academy—Coventry

32.5

74

The Burlington Danes Academy

17.0

75

Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich

23.0

76

Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich

16.0

77

Madeley Academy

22.0

78

St. Mark’s CofE

8.5

79

Harris Academy Merton

5.5

80

King Soloman Academy

24.5

81

City of London KPMG Academy

35.0

82

JCB Academy

17.5

83

Bede Academy

28.0

84

The Belvedere Academy

10.0

85

North Oxfordshire Academy

16.5

86

Swindon Academy

34.5

87

The Chelsea Science Academy

39.0

88

Wren Academy

23.5

89

Spires Academy

7.0

90

The Marsh

10.0

91

The Rhodesway Academy

20.0

1 Rounded to the nearest half million

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what support will be required from local authorities for academies to be approved in future by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (149978)

The Department will continue to work closely with local authorities, as it does at present, on the development of academy projects and the reorganisation of secondary provision in their areas more generally. We welcome the influence and input of local authorities as partners, co-sponsors and catalysts for change in their local communities.