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Mainstream free schools: assessing the need for a new school

How the need for a mainstream free school in a local area is assessed during applications to set up a free school.



This document is for mainstream schools, which are defined as:

  • primary
  • secondary
  • all-through providers

It excludes:

  • 16 to 19 academies
  • alternative providers
  • special free schools

It sets out the criteria used to assess the need for a free school in a local area.