Information released by the Department for Education (DfE) today shows that 1,244 schools have now applied for academy status, which means a further 192 schools applied between 1 May and 1 June 2011.

Over the last month the number of open academies increased by 46 (13 primary and 33 secondary), which means that there are now 704 open academies in England, of which 430 are converting academies and 274 sponsored academies. Academy orders have been awarded to a further 401 schools, which have yet to go through the final conversion process. This means that 34 percent of secondary schools have either applied for academy status or are already operating as an academy, compared to just over two percent of primary schools.

The DfE has also received applications from 27 special schools, of which eight have had their applications approved.

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