Resources

This detailed handbook should be used in conjunction with the Department for Education’s Free School Application Guide, application criteria and their application form by groups proposing an AP free school.
This detailed handbook should be used in conjunction with the Department for Education’s Free School Application Guide, application criteria and their application form by groups proposing mainstream and 16-19 free schools.
This detailed handbook should be used in conjunction with the Department for Education’s Free School Application Guide, application criteria and their application form by groups proposing a special free school.
This document is designed to give you an initial overview of what free schools are and how you can apply to set one up.
A sample support survey to show demand for your school from parents and young people.
To be approved by the Department for Education you must demonstrate that you have a team with the necessary skills and expertise to set up and run a good school. Find out what is required, and how you can bring any additional expertise you need onto your team.
Your vision will form the basis for all other decisions – the way you organise your curriculum, staffing, how you allocate the budget, what premises are appropriate and so on.
A guide to the different types of schools that exist in England.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D1 of the application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D1 of the application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D1 of the application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D2 of the free school application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D2 of the application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D2 of the application form.
Guidance on what should be included in section D3 of the application to set up a free school and how best to present this information.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D3 of the application form.
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section D3 of the application form.
Guidance on what should be included in section E2 of the application to set up an alternative provison free school, and how best to present this information
This is intended to be used as a resource to help you when addressing some aspects of the DfE’s criteria for section E2 of the free school application form.
Guidance on what should be included in section F1 of the application to set up a mainstream or 16-19 free school.