It might be good to take the focus off London schools for a while and reflect on what is happening elsewhere in the country. At the end of last week, the Yorkshire Post contacted me about this story
which suggests the rush to open free schools, before they are ready, is causing chaos in its patch.
Several free schools in the North of England have offered places, outside of the local admissions round, for schools which haven't yet signed their funding agreements ( the legal contracts necessary for them to open). One doesn't have a building, another doesn't have any staff. If they aren't open in time, children may be left without school places, and if they do open in time, children who have accepted places elsewhere may relinquish them, leaving neighbouring schools with spaces.
In her very thoughtful pamphlet
'The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools' published last month, Laura McInerney
explained why, amongst other things, rushing these projects and not planning them in collaboration with other local provision, might end in tears. See my blog here
on the book. Her predictions seem to be coming true already already.