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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.

  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
  7. Studio school pre-opening guide

    • Guidance

Free school administration

  1. Free school staffing issues

    • Guidance
  2. Free schools admissions and referrals

    • Guidance
  3. Registration of free schools

    • Form
  4. Free school education policies

    • Guidance