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Setting up a new special school

Guidance and application forms on how to set up a new special free school, and the criteria new school proposers must demonstrate.

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Special free schools application and criteria

Special free school application form: part 1

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Special free school application form: part 2

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Applicants planning to apply to set up a special free school must register their interest before submitting their application.

Special free schools are free schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

You should read this guidance before applying for one or more competitions.

You can apply to set up a school in the following areas:

You should complete both application forms to submit proposals to the local authority and free schools group.

For financial planning information see the: