In addition to these resources, which are aimed specifically at guiding you through the application process, we have a wide range of other resources that look at specific areas of the application in more detail on our Resources page. To make the best use of these resources, you should also look at the relevant DfE application forms.
These pages are designed to give step-by-step advice on each section of the application form.
These resources will help you to address difficult aspects of the DfE’s free school application criteria.
Your vision is what you want your school and your pupils to achieve.
Explain how your curriculum will deliver your vision for the school.
Free School applicants must show that there is a need for their proposed free school in their area.
Special free schools are able to admit both children with a statement of SEN/ EHC Plan, and those who do not have this.
You will need to demonstrate to the DfE that you have robust plans for how your free school will be governed and a strong team to deliver the school.
Every application has to show that their planned school will be financially viable.
Guidance on what you can do to identify a site at application stage.
Applicants need to submit detailed information on team members to allow the DfE to perform background checks.