Gathering evidence of demand is one of the most important, and time consuming, elements of opening the school. You’ll need to gather evidence that demonstrates that your school will be full.
You will also need to collect evidence that your school will be needed in your local area.
From this page you can download for Special, AP, Mainstream and 16-19 schools:
- Guides on how to gather evidence of demand and demonstrate evidence of need;
- Sample surveys to collect your evidence; and
- If relevant, sample letters from commissioners.
It is very important that you are clear about what you need to collect, and how you need to present this in your application. The guidance below will explain this so please do ensure you read it carefully.
Mainstream and 16-19 free schools downloads
Alternative provision free schools downloads
If your AP will include a 16-19 element, please see the Mainstream and 16-19 downloads above for guidance about evidence of demand.