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.

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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.

Harmonize is an Outstanding alternative provision free school in Liverpool for 13-16 years olds who have strug...

Marchbank Free School is a full-time educational provision for primary aged children with Social Emotional and...

Take a look inside Dixons Music Primary, the first primary school set-up by Dixons and judged Outstanding by O...

Pupils at Michaela Community School study a knowledge-based curriculum.
Step inside Michaela, a free school that does things differently.
Pupils at St Marylebone Bridge can choose between a range of clubs, including coaching from Chelsea football club and computer programming.

Communication is at the heart of every aspect of life at St Marylebone CE Bridge School, which opened in 2013....

St Martin’s Academy Chester uses a longer school day to offer all its pupils an ‘Outstanding’ education. ...

Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted within two years of opening, Cambourne Village College (CVC) has been praised...

An innovative curriculum and more time in school has allowed The Boulevard Academy to open up new opportunitie...

University of Birmingham School

In 2015, the University of Birmingham will open a secondary free school on its Selly Oak campus, creating the ...

Citizen School aims to make citizenship a central focus of the curriculum, teaching pupils to be active partic...

Derby Pride Academy is an Outstanding Alternative Provision (AP) free school, catering for children who are no...

Holyport College, which was officially opened by the Her Majesty the Queen in 2014, was established in connect...

ARK Conway has a particular focus on teaching pupils the creative arts

Opened in 2011, ARK Conway is an ‘Outstanding’ primary free school in Hammersmith....

School 21
School 21 is one of a growing number of all-through free schools, which offer education from ages 4 to 19.

Responding to demand from parents, Nottingham Free School was set up by one of the county's most successf...

One of the first free schools in the country to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, ARK Atwood Primary Academ...

Gildredge House School’s motto is ‘Aspire’ and it has high academic expectations of all its pupils, combined w...

Drawing on the practice of successful schools in the USA, King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington puts as much...

Located in Walthamstow, one of London’s most diverse boroughs, Emmanuel Community School is a school determine...

In 2011, a group of parents came together to start a school that would meet the huge need for primary school p...

At Dixons McMillan Academy, a secondary free school in Bradford, all students are climbing the mountain to uni...