Please note: The Department for Education no longer funds New Schools Network to provide support for free school applicant groups. For more information about applying to open a free school, visit Applicant resources remain available to access, but may be out of date.


The majority of pupils will attend a mainstream school. These resources should be used by applicants proposing primary, secondary and 16-19 provision.

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Alternative Provision

Pupils who are not thriving in a mainstream school might attend alternative provision. This is usually for behavioural reasons but could be for a variety of reasons.

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Pupils with a special educational need (SEN) might attend a special free school. They may or may not have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

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Not sure yet?  Find out about different types of free school here.