Free schools, which are three times more likely to be located in the most deprived areas of the country than the least deprived, today showed the impact they are having with free school students achieving attainment and progress 8 scores second only to converter academies.
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, a free school that opened in 2012, was the third highest performing state school by these measures.
Number of schools
Number of eligible pupils
Average Attainment 8 score per pupil
Average Progress 8 score per pupil
LA Maintained Schools
University Technical Colleges
All state-funded mainstream schools
At KS5 there is a similarly positive story to tell. Specialist 16-19 free schools were the highest performing state schools at A-level. King's College London Maths School, a sixth form free school in South London achieved a value added score of 0.71 – the fifth highest performing state school in the country.
“It’s great to see free schools are already providing such fantastic opportunities to children across the country. Schools like King’s Maths School and the London Academy of Excellence have already achieved outstanding results and are glowing examples of the benefits of the free school programme. On average, free schools recorded the best A-level results last year of all types of state school in the post-16 sector, with 27.8% of students getting AAB or better. This compares to a national average in the state sector of 19.9%.”
“The successes of these schools are a testament to the hard work of their governors, staff and students, and we look forward to seeing greater success in the years to come.”