To set up a free school, you’ll need to apply through the Department for Education (DfE).
You can set up a free school as part of a group that can provide evidence of parental demand (eg a petition), such as:
All applications to set up a free school must be approved by the Secretary of State for Education. Free schools must:
Find out how to apply and download the forms you need to complete.
The charity New Schools Network has more information for people interested in setting up a free school.
You can search for government property and land available to rent or buy for your school. You can also find data for other schools in the area.
Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.