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Forthcoming application rounds (primarily for free schools opening in 2015)

In order to give free school applicants more flexibility, the DfE  will now run 3 application rounds each year. Groups may indicate the year in which they propose to open. A final decision on the school’s opening date will be confirmed during the ‘pre-opening’ period. This will be based on the length of time that the school needs in the ‘pre-opening’ phase.

The next 3 application deadlines are:

  • 12 noon  on 13 Sept 2013
  • 12 noon on 10 Jan 2014
  • 12 noon      on 9 May 2014

Information for applicants

Before applying, please read the following documents, available in downloads:

  • the guide explaining how to apply sets out the law and      policy for mainstream, 16 to 19, alternative provision and special free      schools and gives information on how you apply
  • the criteria booklet for the relevant type of free      school, which explains what your application must include

When you are ready to apply, you must complete the following documents, available in downloads:

  • the Excel application form and budget      planning template
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