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Academies: Sponsorship

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many sponsors of academies have (a) not paid and (b) delayed paying their full contribution; (153826)

(2) how much is owed to the Government by academy sponsors.

The following table shows, in relation to those academies with a signed funding agreement the amount of sponsorship pledged together with the related confirmed capital contribution. Notes 1 and 3 to the table identify those academies where the sponsor contribution has not been paid in full because the total contribution is not yet due to be paid. Delayed building works that have slowed the rate of sponsor contributions are identified by note 4. Significant delays for any other reason, where the Department proposes to engage the trust with a view to bringing the confirmed capital contribution back on profile, are noted at 2.

The difference between the total amount of sponsorship pledged and the total confirmed capital contribution from sponsors, representing the amount due to be paid to Trusts over the remaining lifetime of building projects, is £64.415 million.

£000

Academy with signed funding agreement

Total sponsorship pledged

Total confirmed capital contribution from sponsor to end of August 2007

Manchester

2,000

11,421

Lambeth

2,000

11,872

Northampton

2,000

1943

Paddington

1,500

1429

Salford

1,600

1214

Barnsley

1,500

127

Walthamstow

1,500

127

Sheffield Springs

1,500

1,500

Sheffield Park

1,000

1,000

Stockport

1,500

1202

Peckham

2,000

2,986

Harris Academy South Norwood

2,000

2250

Harris Bermondsey

1,500

30

Harris Merton

500

30

Kings

2,000

2,006

Trinity, Doncaster

2,000

2,000

Haberdashers’—Hatcham

705

705

Haberdashers’—Knights

296

296

Marlowe

2,735

12,565

Folkestone

2,250

1887

Walsall

2,500

2,565

Sandwell

2,790

12,119

Bexley

2,410

2,462

Greig

2,000

11,664

Unity

2,000

1,948

Capital City, Brent

2,000

1,993

City of London

2,000

2,000

City Academy, Bristol

2,499

11,670

West London, Ealing

2,000

2,000

London, Barnet

1,500

1,490

Mossbourne

2,150

11,631

Stockley

2,000

1,953

St. Francis of Assisi

2,000

21,187

The Harefield

1,500

442

Dixons CTC

651

614

David Young, Leeds

1,500

21,000

Grace, Solihull

2,000

2,000

Westminster

2,000

3600

Thomas Deacon

10,500

30

St. Paul’s—Greenwich

2,000

1200

John Madejski, Reading

2,000

11,926

The Bridge, Hackney

2,000

4487

Samworth Enterprise

2,443

11,143

Petchey

2,000

11,921

North Liverpool

1,000

40

Bradford Cathedral

1,000

30

Macmillan

1,250

1400

Djanogly

0

0

St. Matthew Lewisham

2,000

41,200

Enfield

2,000

356

Slough Langley

2,000

1500

Leigh Technology

2,000

30

St. Mary Magdalene—Islington

2,000

11,000

Bristol 2 Withywood

2,000

30

Newcastle Excelsior

2,000

2,020

Corby City

2,000

30

Ashcroft Technology

960

30

Landau Forte College

460

12

Oasis—Immingham

2,000

30

Oasis—Wintringham

2,000

30

Q3—Sandwell

2,000

30

Burlington Danes

1,500

30

Kensington and Chelsea

4,000

30

Brooke Weston

461

30

John Cabot

378

30

St. Mark’s Academy—Merton

2,000

50

Total

123,538

59,123

1 Amount paid up to end August 2007 in accordance with the agreed pattern of instalments.

2 In discussion with trust with a view to agreeing payment later this year.

3 None due to be paid up to end August 2007.

4 Instalment plan to be revised pending re-schedule of building works.

5 £2 million sponsorship to be invested in endowment fund as opposed to towards capital costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his assessment is of the new sponsorship arrangements for academies, with particular reference to co-sponsorship by local authorities; and to what extent academies will remain independent under such arrangements. (153831)

Local authorities are increasingly becoming engaged in the strategic planning and co-sponsorship of academies in their localities within their wider school rebuilding and transformational strategies. The Government welcome this engagement.

All academies’ funding agreements require them to have at least one local authority representative on their governing body, and local authorities acting as co-sponsors will usually have two governors. In order to determine the ethos and leadership of the academy, and ensure clear responsibility and accountability, the private sector or charitable sponsor always appoints the majority of the governors. This is the case even when a local authority is acting as co-sponsor for wider purposes. All academies are run on an independent basis.