Annal Nayyar reports on a survey of free schools carried out by the Department for Education shows that they have attracted almost 3 applications for every place.

New figures released today show that free schools are proving hugely popular with parents – attracting almost 3 applications for every available place.

The department surveyed all open free schools for data on admissions. Of the 110 schools that responded, 95 received more applications from parents than they have places available for the next academic year. Overall, these schools received 23,542 applications for 8,755 places – an average of 2.7 applications per place.

The figures show that more than 9 out of 10 primary free schools received more applications than they had places. The West London Free School Primary, which opened this year, reported receiving more than 6 applications for each of its 60 places.


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