From this page you can download all of the guides on how to successfully apply for a Free School.
Under “ First Steps” you can understand the process and the options available to you as a potential Free School, and start to put together you key steering group and form your vision. These are the most important first steps to setting up a school.
Gathering evidence of demand is crucial and will probably take longer than any other part of the application process so we strongly suggest you read these guides early.
You can then read our full application guides. These will be updated when the DfE releases their next set of forms, but they are unlikely to change significantly from this year’s process.
Finally, our additional guidance documents provide more in-depth advice on certain issues.