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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - www.hefce.ac.uk - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.

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Find a free school

Please note:

A snapshot of university sponsored free schools was taken in December 2015. This was reviewed and updated in December 2016. 

The information is not comprehensive and is drawn from the Department for Education list of free schools as well as knowledge within the Institutions Directorate at HEFCE.

The Higher Education Institution is not always the main sponsor of the school, they might be a co-sponsor.

The relevant department or team within the HEI is indicated as a first point of contact. The institutions’ general contact details are provided where there is no obvious department. Where this is not possible, the HEI’s main contact details are provided.

HEI SponsorFurther informationHEI sponsor typeSchool NamePhaseDate Open
King's College London KCL Maths School - Contact Main sponsor King's College London Mathematics School 16-19 Sep-14
Kingston University Kingston University - general enquiries Co-sponsor The Kingston Academy Secondary Sep-15
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts LIPA - Contact us Main sponsor LIPA Primary School Primary Sep-14
Main sponsor LIPA Sixth Form 16-19 Sep-16
Plymouth College of Art Projects and Partnerships Main sponsor Plymouth School of Creative Arts All-through Sep-13
Ravensbourne Ravensbourne - Contact us  Co-sponsor The Stationers School Greenwich 11-16 Sep-18
Newman University School of Education Co-sponsor Perry Beeches II Free School Secondary Sep-12
Newman University School of Education Co-sponsor Perry Beeches III Free School Secondary Sep-13
Newman University School of Education Co-sponsor Perry Beeches IV Free School Secondary Sep-14
Newman University School of Education Co-sponsor Perry Beeches V Free School All-through Sep-15
Newman University School of Education Co-sponsor Perry Beeches Primary I Primary Sep-16
Newman University School of Education  Co-sponsor St George's Free School Secondary Sep-13
The University of Birmingham University School Main sponsor The University of Birmingham School Secondary Sep-15
The University of Brighton Educational Partnerships Main sponsor  University of Brighton Secondary School Secondary Sep-18
The University of Bristol University of Bristol  Co-sponsor Venturers' Academy Secondary Sep-16
University of Cambridge Faculty of Education Main sponsor The University of Cambridge Primary School Primary Sep-15
University of Chester University of Chester- general enquires Main sponsor University Church Free School Primary Sep-13
University of Exeter Graduate School of Education Co-sponsor Exeter Mathematics School 16-19 Sep-14
University of Hertfordshire School and college liaison Co-sponsor Hatfield Community Free School Primary Sep-12
Co-sponsor Ascot Road Community Free School Primary Sep-14
Co-sponsor Jupiter Community Free School Primary Sep-14
Co-sponsor Lanchester Community Free School Primary Sep-14
The University of Nottingham University of Nottingham - Contact us Main sponsor Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology Secondary Sep-14

Page last updated 27 February 2017