The DfE said the latest approvals means there are now 331 open and approved free schools across the country, creating 175,000 school places.
– Natalie Evans, director of the New Schools Network
The popularity of free schools around the country shows no sign of abating - be that from groups wanting to set up new schools or from parents wanting to secure a place for their child.
Just as importantly, these schools are outperforming other state schools.
Free schools inspected so far were more than twice as likely to be judged 'outstanding' as other state schools.
Among the latest schools to be approved are the LIPA Sixth Form College, which is being established by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, a specialist centre founded 18 years ago by Sir Paul McCartney, and The Powerlist Post 16 Leadership College in Lambeth, south London.