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Apply to open a special free school

Application forms and assessment criteria for groups interested in opening a special free school.

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Special free school application form: sections A, B and H

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Special free school application form: sections C to F

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Groups who wish to apply to open a special free school should use the forms on this page.

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

If you are applying to open a special free school, you should also fill in the financial template (section G of the application). The template will help you plan your budget.

More information on opening a free school is available.

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

Published 13 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 documents with wave 10 information.
  4. Documents updated in preparation for Wave 9 applications.
  5. Updated 'Special free school application form: sections C to F'.
  6. Added updated 'Special free school application form: sections C to F'.
  7. Updated downloads for sections A,B,H and C F
  8. Updated 'Special free school application: criteria for assessment' document.
  9. Added financial template to help groups opening a special free school plan their budget.
  10. Updated with wave 8 information.
  11. Updated documents for wave 7 application.
  12. First published.