Frequently asked questions on Free Schools.

 I am interested in setting up a Free School; what do I need to do next?

Anyone interested in setting up a Free School will need to consider the following:

  • the aims and objectives of the new school;
  • the main people and organisations involved in the project;
  • evidence of parental demand (eg a petition);
  • possible premises;
  • financial viability.

Further information for applicants wanting to set up a new Free School is available from the 'connected to' section of this page.

The New Schools Network can provide information and advice on setting up a new school, and also help with completing the application form.

 I don’t want to set up my own Free School but I’m interested in having a new school in my area/getting involved in Free Schools. Is there anyone I can talk to about this?

The New Schools Network (NSN) – an independent charity – is able to offer advice to those wanting more information, or to help those keen to get involved with Free Schools.

You can register your interest via the link to the NSN website.

 Why are you working with the New Schools Network (NSN)?

We believe there is a need for support at local level, for groups interested in setting up Free Schools. We held an open competition to grant-fund an organisation to provide this support from November 2011; NSN won the competition thanks to its comprehensive bid against the published criteria.
NSN will support groups in developing their application to be submitted to the Department for consideration.

Contact details

New Schools Network
Organisation type: Other
8th Floor, Westminster Tower
3 Albert Embankment

Telephone: 020 7537 9208