Inside free schools | Examples of open schools in England

Case studies

There are over 350 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.

Featured school

Michaela Community School is a non-denominational, non-fee paying, 11-18, mixed free school which opened in Wembley Park in September 2014.

Michaela brings the values and advantages of a private education to young people of all backgrounds by providing a highly academic curriculum and strong discipline. Traditional subjects are given additional lesson time through the longer school day to give pupils a better grounding for further study. In 2017, Michaela was judged Outstanding by Ofsted.

Pupils at Michaela Community School study a knowledge-based curriculum. Pupils at Michaela Community School study a knowledge-based curriculum.

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...

Free schools are created in response to local need and demand they so can be very different from each other; t...

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

The Europa School offers pupils a European education and a unique chance to learn in another language all the ...

Corby has a proud industrial heritage, the town used to be home to one of the biggest steel works in the count...

Reach Academy was set up by a group of teachers who wanted to transform opportunities for children living in a...

Hatfield Community Free School was among the first free schools to be judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Dixons Trinity Academy is a secondary school which opened in 2012 in Bradford and is part of the Dixons Academ...

City Gateway opened in September 2012, as one of the first group of Alternative Provision Free Schools in the ...

Stone Soup Academy opened in Nottingham in 2012, and is one of the first five alternative provision free schoo...

Named after William Tyndale, the Oxford scholar famous for translating the Bible into English, Tyndale Communi...

Sir Isaac Newton, a 16-19 Free School that opened in September 2013, started out with its first 70 students in...

Route 39 was started by a group of local parents in North Devon who were frustrated by the lack of a local sch...

Dixons Music Primary is using music to raise standards of achievement in Bradford

Cobham Free School is a primary school but will grow to include a secondary department from September 2014....

At the Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth, pupils learn through a curriculum built around the nautical heritag...

Atherton Community School is a secondary located in Wigan which has a focus on community service and charitabl...