Free schools and UTCs: successful applications

Details of successful applications for free schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) in the pre-opening stage


Applies to England


List of free schools and UTCs in the pre-opening stage (October 2023)

List of free schools and UTCs in the pre-opening stage (October 2023)


Details of all schools in the pre-opening stage of the free school programme, including:

  • type of school
  • age group served
  • local authority
  • geographical region

There are many different types of free school, including:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • all-through schools
  • 16 to 19 year olds schools
  • special free schools
  • alternative provision free schools

There are also a small number of maths schools. These are specialist free schools for the most mathematically able 16 to 19 year olds.

Alongside free schools there are university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools. These are mainly for 14 to 19 year olds.

Section 6A of the Education Act 2011, which changed the arrangements for establishing new schools, is called the academy or free school presumption.

You can get details of all open free schools, UTCs and studio schools and open academies and academy projects in development.

Department for Education