How we assess the need for a new mainstream school in a local area when we receive applications to open new free schools.

Documents

Mainstream free school applications: assessment of need and deprivation (wave 13 update)

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Mainstream free school applications: assessment of need and deprivation (wave 12 update)

PDF, 258KB, 9 pages

Mainstream free school applications: assessment of need and deprivation (wave 11 update)

Ref: DFE-00225-2016PDF, 241KB, 9 pages

Details

These documents explain the criteria we use when we assess the need for a new mainstream free school in a local area for each application phase (wave).

Mainstream free schools can be:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • all-through schools

They exclude:

  • 16 to 19 academies
  • alternative providers (places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)
  • special free schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities)
Published 16 September 2016
Last updated 5 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 'mainstream free school applications: assessment of need and deprivation (wave 13 update)'.
  2. Added 'Mainstream free school applications: assessment of need and deprivation, wave 12 update'.
  3. First published.