Special Wave 3
To open a special free school, local authorities have first been invited to apply to establish a free school and, if approved, will invite proposer groups to complete an application to open the school. Local authorities must have pre-registered by 11 July 2022 if they were considering submitting a bid and applications were to be submitted by 21 October 2022.The bidding and application period is now closed.
AP free schools will be opened as part of a partnership. The lead applicant is to submit the final application and will have legal responsibility for the new free school, and needed to have completed the pre-application form by 24th October 2022.
The bidding phase for the AP free school wave opened on 28th October 2022 and closed 17th February 2023.
No matter where proposers are in their free school application journey, our Advisors are here to turn your vision into a reality. Create: Schools provide an extensive range of services, all of which are completely free to local authorities and proposers, including: a helpdesk service, resources and tools, data analysis, guidance for local authorities (LA), template documents, masterclasses, workshops, bid reviews, access to external partners, networking opportunities, partnership liaison and much more.