The Department publishes updates on the number of free school applications at different stages on a regular basis.
This month’s update shows that of the 323 proposals received up until 11 February 2011, 41 were approved to move to business case and plan stage or beyond, although one proposal has now been withdrawn. Of the 40 proposals now approved to business case and plan stage, 17 have been approved to move to the pre-opening stage or beyond. Of the 17 proposers with projects in the pre-opening stage, 4 have entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State. More are expected to follow shortly.