Number of academies in region hits 33

THERE are now 33 academies operating across Yorkshire according to new Government figures.

A new wave of academies opened this week after returning from the Christmas holidays as independent state schools which have opted out of local education authority control.

The coalition Government has invited all schools rated as either outstanding or good to apply.

Academies are state schools which are funded directly from the Government and have greater freedoms over their curriculum, timetable, admissions and employment arrangements.

Originally academies were set up by the last Government to replace failing schools.

New figures show there are now 23 academies in Yorkshire which have replaced existing schools and 10 outstanding schools which have converted.