What Is A Free School?
A free school is a school in England which is funded by taxpayers and free to attend, but is independent of Local Education Authority control. Free schools were introduced in response to demand for communities to have more control over their local environments in order to improve education for the children within that environment.
Free Schools are governed by non-profit charitable trusts that sign funding agreements with the Secretary of State for Education. They are subject to the School Admissions Code of Practice, with the exception that they are allowed to give priority to founders’ children. To set up a free school, groups submit applications to the Department for Education. Groups include those run by parents, education charities and religious groups.
The first 24 free schools opened in autumn 2011.
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