Did you know?

Free schools have to prove that they are wanted by parents and students in their areas before they are allowed to be set-up.

17% of new free schools are special schools or offer 'alternative provision'.

 Two thirds of free schools are in deprived parts of the country.

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Free schools opened-up

Inside free schools

An innovative curriculum and more time in school has allowed The Boulevard Academy to open up new opportunities for children in Hull.

'An ambitious vision for every student to achieve academic success, whatever their background'

Free school story: The Boulevard Academy

50% of secondary schools in the city are rated as ‘Inadequate’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted but inspectors found that Hull’s first free school, The Boulevard Academy, is already ‘Outstanding’ less than two years after opening.

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Search for open free schools in your area or find out more about what free schools in different areas of England are doing.


Here we ask and answer the most commonly asked questions about free schools...

Are free schools going where they are not needed?

Free schools are tackling both the shortage of places and the shortage of good places in England

Are free schools successful?

Free schools are twice as likely to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ in a like for like comparison with other state schools.

Are free schools religious?

21% of free schools are designated to a particular faith, compared to 34% of all state schools that have a religious character.

Free school news

Pupils from the Archer Academy in East Finchley, London have won first place in the London Youth Games danc

The Island Free School has become one of the most popular secondary schools on the Isle of Wight, despite only opening in 2014.

Harington School in Rutland has been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

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