Inside free schools

There are over 300 open free schools across England. They are in every region of the country and span all school types and age ranges. Find out more about some of the exciting innovations these schools are bringing to their local community.

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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.

'An ambitious vision for every student to achieve academic success, whatever their background'
Pupils at St Marylebone Bridge can choose between a range of clubs, including coaching from Chelsea football club and computer programming.

Communication is at the heart of every aspect of life at St Marylebone CE Bridge School, which opened in 2013....

St Martin’s Academy Chester uses a longer school day to offer all its pupils an ‘Outstanding’ education. ...

Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted within two years of opening, Cambourne Village College (CVC) has been praised...

University of Birmingham School

In 2015, the University of Birmingham will open a secondary free school on its Selly Oak campus, creating the ...

Citizen School aims to make citizenship a central focus of the curriculum, teaching pupils to be active partic...

Derby Pride Academy is an Outstanding Alternative Provision (AP) free school, catering for children who are no...

Holyport College, which was officially opened by the Her Majesty the Queen in 2014, was established in connect...

School 21
School 21 is one of a growing number of all-through free schools, which offer education from ages 4 to 19.

Responding to demand from parents, Nottingham Free School was set up by one of the county's most successf...

One of the first free schools in the country to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, ARK Atwood Primary Academ...

Gildredge House School’s motto is ‘Aspire’ and it has high academic expectations of all its pupils, combined w...

Drawing on the practice of successful schools in the USA, King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington puts as much...

Located in Walthamstow, one of London’s most diverse boroughs, Emmanuel Community School is a school determine...

In 2011, a group of parents came together to start a school that would meet the huge need for primary school p...

At Dixons McMillan Academy, a secondary free school in Bradford, all students are climbing the mountain to uni...

Chapeltown Academy offers young people in South Yorkshire an education focused on preparing them for study at ...

Based on successful schools in the United States, this free school is bringing new ways of learning to the UK ...

Offering the best of both mainstream and special education, The Rise School in west London aims to transform t...

Right in the heart of one of the UK’s cultural capitals, LIPA Primary School is offering parents a very creati...

The Island Free School

Set up by a group of local parents and teachers, The Island Free School aims to raise standards on the Isle of...

Cathedral Primary School is already Bristol’s most popular primary school, receiving almost seven applications...