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Easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Free school presumptions

We have a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient school places for all children and young people living in Staffordshire.

In line with the requirements of section 6A of the Education Act 2011, we actively promote a diverse supply of strong schools, including encouraging good schools to expand where there is a need and, where there is a need for a new school, seeking proposals for a free school.

The new primary free schools proposed across the county over the next five years will be mainstream, co-educational primary schools for reception to year 6 age groups, plus early years provision. There will also be an All Through School which will offer places for nursery to post-16. These schools will generally build pupil numbers incrementally, increasing by one year group each year.

Of the ten new free schools, proposed to open in the next five years, there are three that still require academy sponsorship:

  • Lichfield - Watery Lane
  • Lichfield - Deanslade Farm
  • Tamworth - Dunstall Lane

Details of the new school presumptions process for these schools will be available on this page at the appropriate time. We will seek proposals from academy trusts, who are able to deliver high quality education and establish the primary schools for the proposed opening dates. Any interested parties should check this page regularly for news on when the process will commence.

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