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Designing a free school

Advice for people setting up free schools including the skills you will need, the people you should involve and how you can get the best design quality for your school buildings and grounds.

Copyright Architype/Leigh Simpson

Copyright Architype/Leigh Simpson

The government is making it possible for charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, teachers and groups of parents to get involved and set up their own ‘free’ school. Free schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to parental demand.

As someone setting up a free school, you will be acting as a client for a school building project. The client is the person (or group of people) that owns or commissions the project and they are responsible for defining the school’s vision and overseeing the building project. Your building project could involve a new building, refurbishment and work to the school’s grounds.

Clients play a crucial role in completing a successful building project. This advice will help you become a good client and to complete a successful project for your free school:

You can also read advice on how to create well-designed school buildings and grounds, when you understand the basics outlined above. More information on the process of setting up a free school can be found on the New Schools Network website.