Set up a free school

Types of free school you can open, including mainstream, alternative provision and special free schools. Forms, budgeting, guides to setting up.

Services

  1. Setting up a free school

    Set up a free school - find out what you need to do and how to increase your chance of success

  2. Apply to open a special or alternative provision free school

    Guidance, assessment criteria and bid forms for local authorities seeking to establish new special or alternative provision free schools.

  3. Free school applications: suitability and declarations form

    Form and assessment criteria for members and directors of academy trusts to submit personal information.

  4. Mainstream and 16 to 19 free school financial template

    A tool to help mainstream and 16 to 19 free schools plan their budget.

  5. Special free school financial template

    A tool to help special free schools plan their budget.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Free schools: how to apply
  2. Establishing a new school: free school presumption
  3. Free school pre-opening guide
  4. How to open a maths school
  5. Plain English guide to planning for free schools
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News and communications

  1. More than 130 new free schools to create more good places
  2. More choice as over 80,000 new free school places created
  3. Building a school system that works for everyone
  4. David Cameron announces 31 new free schools on final visit as Prime Minister
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Free schools: application information for wave 13
  2. Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
  3. Special free schools: local authority bids in 2018
  4. Special free schools: letters to successful trusts
  5. Special free schools: successful applications from trusts
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