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Apply to open a special or alternative provision free school

Guidance, assessment criteria and bid forms for local authorities seeking to establish new special or alternative provision free schools.

Documents

Form for special or alternative provision free school bids

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We are looking to open new special free schools and alternative provision (AP) free schools in the places where new schools are most beneficial and needed.

The deadline for local authorities to submit an application for a new special or alternative provision free school was 15 October 2018. We received 65 bids, which we are currently assessing.

The guidance explains the criteria that all bids will be assessed against.

In early 2019 we will invite applications in the successful local authority areas to open around 30 special and AP free schools in total.

Published 13 November 2013
Last updated 13 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Specification for special or alternative provision free school bids' and 'Form for special or alternative provision free school bids'.
  2. Updated the guidance and criteria document and removed old forms and guidance.
  3. Added application forms and assessment criteria for wave 12.
  4. Updated assessment criteria and application forms.
  5. Updated documents with wave 10 information.
  6. Documents updated in preparation for Wave 9 applications.
  7. Updated 'Special free school application form: sections C to F'.
  8. Added updated 'Special free school application form: sections C to F'.
  9. Updated downloads for sections A,B,H and C F
  10. Updated 'Special free school application: criteria for assessment' document.
  11. Added financial template to help groups opening a special free school plan their budget.
  12. Updated with wave 8 information.
  13. Updated documents for wave 7 application.
  14. First published.