27th May 2005 at 01:00
Did you know?

* The first three city academies opened in 2002. Nine followed in 2003, and a further five last year. The target is for 200 by 2010

* Nine of the current 17 are in London

* The DfES has now shed the word "city", insisting that areas of rural deprivation are also eligible for academies

* They are registered charities and are outside the control of local education authorities

* They were oversubscribed by 64 per cent in 2004, with 4,730 children applying for 2,918 Year 7 places

* Private sponsors donatepound;2 million, but the average cost of each academy hasbeen more than 10 timesthat amount

* There are none in Walesor Scotland

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