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Open and pre-open free schools

NSN has supported open free schools since 2009 by providing advice, training and networking opportunities. Our dynamic and adaptable team has built a solid reputation for professionalism and expertise.

NSN’s deep institutional knowledge is supplemented by its team of Associates – experienced specialists with strong track records supporting complex free school projects and growing MATs. Collectively, NSN’s Advisers and Associates have worked on over 500 free school projects – ranging from supporting groups in the preopening phase, to setting up and working in free schools.

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"We very much felt that they were the experts in supporting free school applicants and we're very grateful to them for their support."

"NSN offered thoroughly professional and knowledgeable insight, advice and challenge."

"The workshops and the advice that you're getting, the people who are presenting and sharing information with you are absolutely involved in the free schools process."

"NSN is a really great organisation – they have been so open"

"NSN support is really good - I rely on NSN for anything I can receive help with"

"We go to NSN for advice, I think they’re a great organisation. It’s always nice to know that they are there and they’re open – and I think of them if we experience any challenges"

“Excellent support as a sounding board for exploring ideas and developing individual issues relevant to our school”

“Just a really professional team who always offer first class advice”

“The training is of far higher standard than other education training providers I have experienced”

"Knowing people are available over the phone who have great experience, understanding and insight was very reassuring”

Free schools in the news

More than 500 people gathered for the opening of the Atam Academy’s new building. The ceremony included the arrival of the Sikh holy scriptures, known as the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj, which were carried into the school’s spiritual hall.

The plans for the Laurus Ryecroft free school in Tameside have been unveiled and approved by local councillors. The new building will cover more than 10,000sq m and will include a ‘multi-use games area’, three grass pitches and two running tracks.

Two year 8 pupils at the East London Science School conducted an on camera post-match interview with two players from Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team after an international match.