A recent Freedom of Information request asked for the % visits Gove has done to local authority controlled schools versus academy and free schools. When the department finally answered (a long time after the first request), ,the answer was not clear.
For secondaries they said Gove had visited 22 local authority schools and 24 academies or free schools. But it was not clear if some of the local schools were in the process of converting. The requester therefore wrote back asking for details of any local authority controlled schools that had changed, and for the dates of changes compared to the visits.
The department wrote back with a list of the local authority schools and their current statuses or changes (& dates) – hurray! Only the file was unreadable. Thankfully! @CraigArgh emailed after I cried for help on Twitter. Using his computer wizadry he managed to get some of the information (apologies for occasional odd characters). And here it is:
Colmers School21/05/2010Expected conversion date – 1/9/13sponsored ‚Äì no application date
Notre Dame High School24/06/2010Academy Converter 24/1/12
Woodside High School29/11/2010Academy Converter 30/3/11
Stanley School of Technology10/12/2010Sponsored Academy sponsored ‚Äì no application date
Consett Community Sports College 10/12/2010Sponsored Academy sponsored ‚Äì no application date
The Duchess‚Äôs Community High School10/12/2010Expected conversion date ‚Äì 1/1/14
Twyford Church of England High School20/01/2011Academy Converter 13/6/11
Redcar Community College03/02/2011Academy Converter 12/6/12
Ian Ramsey CoE School03/02/2011No application to convert received
Altrincham Girls Grammar school11/03/2011Academy Converter 7/3/11
Goole High School01/04/2011Academy Converter 5/4/11
Ilkley Grammar School10/06/2011 Academy Converter 11/3/11
Bingley Grammar School10/06/2011No application to convert received
Redruth School17/06/2011No application to convert received
Hayle School17/06/2011No application to convert received
Methwold High School 04/11/2011Sponsored AcademySponsored – No application date
Chantry High School 05/12/2011Sponsored Academy sponsored ‚Äì no application date
Kingsford Community School09/12/2011No application to convert received
JCOSS26/01/2012No application to convert received
Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School03/02/2012No application to convert received
Six schools, in bold, appear to already have been academies when Gove visited. The three in italics converted shortly after. If so, this would mean Gove has visited 30 free schools and academies, 13 local authority schools, and 3 converting schools.