Set up a free school | New Schools Network

Applying to open

Setting up a free school requires you to submit an application to the Department for Education using their application form and criteria. From creating your vision for your school to building a team with the right skills, the process is a demanding one.

New Schools Network provides a range of services to support free school applicants, all of which are free of charge. We have many resources and services that are available to all free school applicants, and we also have a more extensive support package - our Development Programme - that you can apply to join.

Find out what needs to be done and where you should start.
 

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WAVE 13

Find out more about the latest application window, including changes to criteria and how to apply to join the Development Programme.

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LOCAL AUTHORITY PRESUMPTIONS

Find out how NSN can support groups applying in response to a local authority presumption competition. 

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SPECIAL FREE SCHOOL COMPETITIONS

Find out how NSN can support groups applying to open a special free school in response to a local authority presumption competition. 

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