Develop an open free school

There are particular challenges that free schools face once open, including facing Ofsted with only a small amount of data.

Once open, there are still a number of challenges that free schools face in their first few years of operation.

We are keen to help free schools in any way that we can, so if you have a query then contact us at 


For many, the primary focus at this time is the Ofsted inspection which all free schools recieve within three years of opening. Using our Ofsted toolkit you can ensure that you prepare effectively for your inspection, and are able to provide the inspector with evidence of your impact. 

Alongside preparing for Ofsted you will still be recruiting a number of staff each year, as well as continuing your admissions marketing whilst your reputation builds.

If you want to set up another free school then we have a support package and range of advice that you might find useful when developing your application. We also have a number of resources aimed a academy trusts who are going through the process of expanding, focusing on how to grow an effective multi-academy trust.

Below you will find resources and events to support you in continuing to develop your open free school. We are keen to help in any way that we can, so if you have a query and can't find the answer, then please contact us at



Events and opportunities