Sigrun Olafsdottir, Chief Operating Officer, said:
"The application process to set up a free school is extremely rigorous and time consuming, so all groups can be proud of their hard work to reach this stage. This is particularly true in this round of free school applications, which explicitly targets areas of greatest need.
"Free schools are already the most popular type of school with parents and are more likely to be judged Outstanding than other state schools. It’s fantastic to see the free school programme continue to grow and we wish all applicants the best of luck for the next stages of the process."
Read the full Department for Education update here.