Transparency data

Free schools: open schools and successful applications

Details of open free schools and successful applications in the pre-opening stage.


List of all free schools: open or in pre-opening stage (up to September 2017)

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Details of all schools in the free school programme including:

  • type of school
  • age group served
  • local authority
  • opening date
  • regional schools commissioner (RSC) region

It includes the local authorities launching a competition to open new special free schools (one school in each local authority).

‘Free schools’ includes university technical colleges (UTCs), studio schools and free school presumption schools.

Section 6A of the Education Act 2011, which changed the arrangements for establishing new schools, is called the academy or free school presumption.

You can also access details of open academies and academy projects in development.