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.

Facts & Figures

344
OPEN SCHOOLS

226
MORE ON THEIR WAY

330k
NEW PLACES

28%
OUTSTANDING

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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Mythbusting

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

This is also the broadest free school wave to date, with more schools approved to open outside London than in any previous wave.

Among the new schools are:

Drone footage provided by the architects has given us the first look at the construction of Hoe Valley School’s permanent site in Woking, Surrey. The full video was published by Get Surrey.

A new £19 million state-of-the-art building has been officially opened at Trinity School. The free school, which opened in 2013, is the first in the area.