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Free schools top option for primary pupils

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Analysis by NSN reveals primary free schools remain the most popular type of school for the fifth year running.

NSN’s figures, based on an FOI request, have shown that free schools are more likely to be first choice for students than any other school type.

Across the cohort, free schools received an average of 1.13 first preferences for each place available for the academic year 2018-19. This is despite having more available places per school than the national average.

School Type

First Preferences to Total Places

Places Available Per School

Free schools

1.13

41.66

Voluntary aided school

1.03

30.38

Academy converter

1.02

41.54

Voluntary controlled school

1.01

24.06

Foundation school

1.00

4195

Community school

0.99

44.00

Academy sponsor led

0.94

37.74

National Average

1.00

38.23

In addition, three of the ten most popular primary schools were free schools:.

School Name

School Type

First Preferences to Total Places

Local Authority

Brandlehow Primary School

Community school

3.54

Wandsworth

Canary Wharf College

Free school

2.95

Tower Hamlets

Spring Grove Primary School

Community school

2.93

Hounslow

Fox Primary School

Community school

2.86

Kensington and Chelsea

Sacred Heart RC Primary School

Voluntary aided school

2.83

Newcastle upon Tyne

The Royal School, Wolverhampton

Free school

2.74

Wolverhampton

Thomas Jones Primary School

Community school

2.68

Kensington and Chelsea

Reach Academy Feltham

Free school

2.62

Hounslow

Barons Court Primary School and Nursery

Community school

2.59

Southend-on-Sea

Christ Church CofE Primary School

Voluntary aided school

2.55

Kensington and Chelsea

An NSN Spokesperson said: “The continuing popularity of primary free schools is a ringing endorsement of the programme. These schools are consistently highly rated by Ofsted and are starting to produce fantastic exam results, not least at Key Stage One where they have outperformed other school types for several years.

“We need more primary free schools to be established across the country in areas that desperately need them, to drive school improvement and ensure all children have the best possible start in life.”