Watch a short film about Free Schools

Free Schools are all-ability state-funded schools set up in response to what local people say they want and need in order to improve education for children in their community.

The right school can transform a child’s life and help them achieve things they may never have imagined. Through the Free Schools programme it is now much easier for talented and committed teachers, charities, parents and education experts to open schools to address real demand within an area.

The first Free Schools opened in September 2011.

The Secretary of State has announced the successful applications to open a Free School in 2012 and beyond that have been approved to pre-opening stage. You can find out more on the Free Schools opening in 2012 and beyond page.

You can read about the successful applications to open a University Technical College in 2012 and beyond that have been approved to pre-opening stage on the UTCs opening in 2012 and beyond page.