Developing your application

For groups that are preparing to make an application, we have put together a range of resources, links and documents that are relevant to each section of your application. 

These should be used in conjunction with the DfE's criteria. To access our resources, simply select which type of school you are looking to establish.

If you are not sure what type of free school you want to open, review the options.

Mainstream and 16 to 19

Schools that will serve the widest possible range of students at primary, secondary or 16-19, or all-through.

Special schools

Schools for students with special educational needs, either with or without a Statement.