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
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.
Free school applications: suitability and declarations form
Form and assessment criteria for members and directors of academy trusts to submit personal information.
Mainstream and 16 to 19 free school financial template
A tool to help mainstream and 16 to 19 free schools plan their budget.
Special free school financial template
A tool to help special free schools plan their budget.
Guidance and regulation
- Free schools: how to apply
- Establishing a new school: free school presumption
- Free school pre-opening guide
- How to open a maths school
- Plain English guide to planning for free schools
News and communications
Transparency and freedom of information releases
- Free schools: application information for wave 13
- Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
- Special free schools: local authority bids in 2018
- Special free schools: letters to successful trusts
- Special free schools: successful applications from trusts