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Apply to open a mainstream, studio school or 16 to 19 free school

Application forms and assessment criteria for groups interested in opening a mainstream, studio school or 16 to 19 free school.

Documents

Mainstream, studio school and 16 to 19 free schools: application form sections A, B and H

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Mainstream, studio school and 16 to 19 free schools application form: sections C to F

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Details

Use the forms on this page if you wish to open one of the following types of free school:

  • mainstream free school
  • studio school
  • 16 to 19 free school

The ‘Free school applications: criteria for assessment’ document gives guidance on the application process, including the deadline for submitting applications.

To help you plan your budget, you should also fill in a financial template (section G of the application):

More information on opening a free school or studio school is available.

Published 7 November 2013
Last updated 29 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added application forms and assessment criteria for wave 12.
  2. Updated assessment criteria and application forms.
  3. Updated all documents with wave 10 information.
  4. Documents updated in preparation for Wave 9 applications.
  5. Added updated 'Mainstream and 16 to 19 free schools: application form sections C to F'.
  6. New application downloads for sections A,B, H and C, F.
  7. Updated 'Mainstream and 16 to 19 free schools: applications criteria' document.
  8. Added financial template to help groups opening a mainstream or 16 to 19 free school plan their budget.
  9. Updated with wave 8 data.
  10. All forms updated for wave 7 application.
  11. First published.