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York and North Yorkshire Lowest Share of Academies in Yorkshire.


7:26am 11th January 2013

More schools in York and North Yorkshire are run by councils than anywhere else in Yorkshire.

The figures come as the Department for Education continues to encourage schools to become academies. Half of all schools in North East Lincolnshire have switched, compared to just 3-percent here.

The government says 500 more schools across the country are set to become academies this year.

But Janet Looker, who's responsible for Education on the city council, says she can't see a rush of headteachers wanting to convert their schools in 2013.

The figures show that there are now 3,167 schools in England either open as Academies or in the pipeline to become Academies.

This includes more than 2,000 converter Academies – schools which have decided to take advantage of the benefits and freedoms that come with Academy status.

Today’s total also includes 200 of the weakest primary schools which are now sponsored Academies and getting the great leadership, support and external challenge they need to improve, according to the Department for Education. The Government said last year that it would find outstanding sponsors, with a track record of tackling under-performance, for these schools – and today can announce that it has achieved that aim.

Next year the Department for Education say they will go further and faster – and find sponsors for 400 more of the weakest primary schools so that they too can start providing a first-class education for their pupils.

Failing schools, say the Department of Education have been specifically targeted by the Government for radical improvement. They add that the total number of sponsored Academies is now 599 compared to just 203 in May 2010. In 2011, the GCSE results of sponsored Academies open for at least two years improved almost twice as fast as those for all state-funded schools, according to the Department for Education.

Academies put power back into the hands of headteachers say the Department for Education. Adding that they are free from local authority control, so they can make the changes to their school they know they need to make. That can mean lengthening the school day, benefiting parents and pupils, recruiting new teachers in subjects in which pupils struggle, or introducing new contracts to reward high-achieving staff, say the Department for Education.

There are:

  • 2,619 open Academies – 12 per cent of all schools.

o   More than 2,000 of these are schools which have chosen to convert to take advantage of the freedoms that come with Academy status.

o   There are 974 open primary Academies – six per cent of all primaries.

o   There are 1,584 open secondary Academies – 48 per cent of all secondaries.

o   78 schools (42 primary schools and 36 secondary schools) opened as new Academies at the start of this term.

  • 3,167 open or pipeline Academies – 15 per cent of all schools.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

"We believe in trusting the professionals. That’s why we gave teachers the opportunity to take on more freedom and responsibility and they have grabbed it with both hands. Many are now going even further and taking on responsibility for turning around less successful schools. These outstanding converters are becoming the new Academy sponsors of the future raising standards across the state sector.”

Regional and local authority breakdowns show the areas which have the highest and lowest proportions of Academies.

There are 28 local authorities where at least one in five schools is now an open Academy. In almost all local authorities, 129, at least one in five secondary schools is an open Academy. And there are 10 local authorities where at least one in five primary schools is now an open primary Academy, say the Department for Education.

The local authorities with the highest proportion of open Academies are:

Darlington                    66%     (74% open or in pipeline)
North East Lincs         50%     (50%)
Swindon                      37%     (46%)
Thurrock                     36%     (42%)
Torbay                         36%     (43%)
Slough                         34%     (41%)
Bournemouth              33%     (36%)
Bromley                      32%     (38%)
Leicestershire              31%     (39%)
Bristol City of              30%     (33%)

The local authorities with the highest proportion of open secondary Academies are:

Darlington                    100%

Rutland                        100%

Bexley                         100%

Bromley                      94%

North East Lincs         90%

Cambridgeshire          90%

Kingston-upon-T         90%

Medway                      88%

Richmond-upon-T       88%

Gloucestershire           82%

Swindon                      82%


The local authorities with the highest proportion of open primary Academies are:

Darlington                    59%

North East Lincs         42%

Swindon                      31%

Torbay                         30%

Slough                         28%

Bristol City of              27%

Thurrock                     25%

Nottingham                 24%

Blackpool                    21%

Bromley                      20%


The local authorities with the most open Academies are:

Kent                             105
Essex                          104
Leicestershire              88
Lincolnshire                 88
Hertfordshire               70

Hartlepool and Knowsley are the only two local authorities with no schools open as Academies – though both have at least one due to become an Academy shortly.


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