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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.
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.