The Department publishes the names of all the Free School applications approved by the Secretary of State to progress to the business case and plan and pre-opening stages on a rolling basis.

35 Free School applications have now been approved to move to business case and plan stage, and of these, eight have been approved to move into the pre-opening stage. Further proposals which have been approved will be listed in due course.

A number of these Free School proposers aim to open in September 2011, whilst others aim to open in September 2012 or beyond.

Click through the links on the left-hand menu to see interviews with proposers, who explain in their own words why they have put forward a proposal to set up a Free School.