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Opening a free school or studio school

Documents for groups interested in opening a free school or studio school.

The New Schools Network provides information and advice on setting up a free school.

The Studio Schools Trust provides information and advice on setting up a studio school.

Applying to open a free school or a studio school

If you’re planning on applying to set up a free school, you can register your interest.

This content for the most recent application round (wave 12) is for information only. We will confirm the arrangements and timetable for the next round of free school applications (wave 13) in due course.

  1. Free schools: how to apply

    • Guidance
  2. Apply to open a mainstream, studio school or 16 to 19 free school

    • Form
  3. Apply to open a special free school

    • Form
  4. Apply to open an alternative provision free school

    • Form
  5. Free school applications: suitability and declarations form

    • Form
  6. Free school pre-opening guide

    • Guidance

Model funding agreements for free schools and studio schools

  1. Academy and free school funding agreement: single academy trust

    • Form
  2. Academy and free school funding agreement: multi-academy trust

    • Form
  3. Academy and free school funding agreement: multi-academy master

    • Form
  4. UTC and studio school funding agreement: single academy trust

    • Form
  5. UTC or studio school model funding agreement: multi-academy trust

    • Form
  6. Model articles of association for academy trusts

    • Form
  7. Free schools, UTCs and studio schools: model lease

    • Form

Financial planning

  1. Mainstream and 16 to 19 free school financial template

    • Form
  2. Mainstream free school revenue funding

    • Guidance
  3. Special free school financial template

    • Form
  4. Special free school revenue funding

    • Guidance
  5. Alternative provision free school financial template

    • Form
  6. Alternative provision free school revenue funding

    • Guidance
  7. Studio school revenue funding

    • Guidance
  8. Studio school financial template

    • Form
  9. Free school pre-opening budgets

    • Form
  10. Revenue spending on free schools

    • Transparency data

Free school administration

  1. Free school staffing issues

    • Guidance
  2. Free schools: admission and referral policies

    • Guidance
  3. Registration of free schools

    • Form