Collection

Opening a free school

Documents for groups interested in opening a free school.

The New Schools Network provides information and advice on how to set up a free school, and the Studio Schools Trust provides this for setting up a studio school.

Applying to open a free school

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

  1. Free school application guide

    • Guidance
  2. Mainstream, studio school and 16 to 19 free school applications

    • Form
  3. Special free school application forms

    • Form
  4. Alternative provision free school application forms

    • 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 model documents

    • Guidance
  2. Free school staffing issues

    • Guidance
  3. Free schools admissions

    • Guidance
  4. Registration of free schools

    • Form
  5. Free school inspections

    • Guidance
  6. Free school education policies

    • Guidance

Free schools site management guidance

  1. Free schools, UTCs and studio schools: model lease

    • Form
  2. Free schools site management

    • Guidance