"I am delighted that free schools continue to set primary pupils on the right path to achieving their full potential. For the fifth year in a row, free schools are the top performing school type of school at Key Stage 1 assessment and phonics checks.
"This follows on from successful results days at GCSE and A Level, where free schools were among the highest performing schools in the country.
"Free schools are delivering real educational excellence and transforming opportunity across the country. We look forward to continuing to support the fantastic work of staff, students and governors as the programme grows from strength to strength."