§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many applications she has had from independent schools to join the grant-maintained sector.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
To date, applications have been received from three independent schools to join the grant-maintained sector. One is from an interdenominational Christian school in Bradley Stoke, Avon. The other two are from independent Catholic grammar schools in Wirral. Other schools have expressed interest or sought further information.