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Jim Knight: The Government are firmly committed to establishing 400 Academies over time. The formal target for 2010, as announced in the Government's five-year strategy for education of July 2004, is for 200 academies to be open or in the pipeline by 2010.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academy schools (a) are taking students, (b) will open to students before the end of 2007, (c) have opened and (d) he has discussed with sponsors. 
There are 47 academies now open. We anticipate that a further 36 will open before the end of 2007. As part of progress towards the target of 400 academies, the Department is in discussion with sponsors,
schools and local authorities about 47 open academies; 25 academy projects in their implementation phase; and 68 projects where the Secretary of State has agreed a formal expression of interest with a sponsor for an academy project.
Jim Knight: The general policy is for academies to be post-16 providers in their own right to address low participation rates by adding to the diversity and quality of local provision. Where an academy proposal does not include post-16 provision, the Government would need to be assured that arrangements for post-16 students leaving the academy are comparable to those which could be provided by the academy itself. If, during the course of the consultation process that all academy projects are subject to, convincing arguments were put forward as to why the community would benefit more from an 11 to 16 than an 11 to 18 academy, this would of course be taken into account on a case by case basis.
Jim Knight [holding answer 7 June 2007]: 49.4 per cent. of pupils in academies achieved five or more A*-C passes at GCSE or equivalent in 2005/06. This percentage is based on number of pupils on roll at the end of Key Stage 4 in the 2005/06 academic year and includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years. The establishments included are those 24 academies with GCSE results open in 2005/06.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils in each academy school have special educational needs; and what proportion of pupils take free school meals. 
Jim Knight: The number and proportion of pupils with special educational needs (with and without a statement), and the number and proportion of pupils known to be entitled to free school meals in each of the 46 academies open in January 2007 is included in the following chart (sourced from School Census provisional data for January 2007).
|Name||Number of pupils with a statement of SEN( 1)||Percentage of pupils with a statement of SEN( 2)||Number of pupils with SEN without a statement( 1)||Percentage of pupils with SEN without a statement( 2)||Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 3)||Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals( 4)|
|(1) Excludes dually registered pupils.|
(2) Number of pupils with SEN with and without a statement expressed as a percentage of the total number on roll.
(3) Includes dually registered and boarding pupils.
(4) Number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals expressed as a percentage of number on roll including dually registered and boarding pupils.
(5) Less than three pupils, or a rate based on less than 3 pupils.
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