Academy and free school presumption

This publication was withdrawn on 23 July 2015

This document has been replaced by the advice on ‘Establishing a new school: free school presumption’.

Departmental advice on establishing new schools and the qualities new school proposers must demonstrate.



This departmental advice is for:

  • local authorities
  • new school proposers

It relates to section 6A of the Education Act 2011 and applies to:

  • academies
  • free schools

It sets out the process for establishing new schools under the academy/free school presumption where this need has been identified by a local authority.