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Sites for potential new free schools

The tables below show the potential new free schools as of February 2021. 

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Please note: this is subject to change, as the dates are based on expected local plan housing trajectories, housing development and pupil demographics. 

Cannock Chase District
AreaSizePotential opening (September)Academy Trust (Local Authority Free School Presumption or DFE Wave
Rugeley: John Taylor School

2FE Primary

5FE Secondary

2023  John Taylor MAT(Wave 14)

 

East Staffordshire Borough
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption (FSP) or DFE Wave)
Uttoxeter: Bramshall Meadows First School 1FE  2022 Uttoxeter Learning Trust (FSP)
Burton: Branston Locks Primary School (working title)  2FE*  2024 John Taylor MAT (Wave 13) 
Burton: Beamhill - Primary 1FE post-5 years  
Burton: Branston Depot - Primary 1FE post-5 years  
Uttoxeter: Location TBC - First 1FE post-5 years  

 

Lichfield District
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Lichfield: Fradley Park - Primary 1FE*  2022  John Taylor MAT (FSP) 
Lichfield: Deanslade Farm - Primary 1FE 2023  
Lichfield: Watery Lane - Primary  1FE* 2024
Tamworth: Dunstall Lane - Primary 1FE 2024  
Lichfield: South of Shortbutts Lane - Primary 2FE post-5 years  
Tamworth: Arkall Farm - Primary 1 - 1.5FE post-5 years  

 

Newcastle Under Lyme Borough

Dependent on future plan. No current plans in place for this area. 

 

South Staffordshire District

Dependent on future plan. No current plans in place for this area. 

 

Stafford Borough
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Stafford: North SDL site - Primary 1FE  2024 Creative Learning Partnership Trust (FSP) 
Stafford: North SDL site - Secondary (11-16) 5FE  post-5 years   
Stafford: North SDL site - Primary 2FE post-5 years  
Stafford: West SDL site - Primary 2FE post-5 years  

 

Staffordshire Moorlands District
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Leek: Location TBC - First 1FE  post-5 years   
Cheadle: Location TBC - Primary 1FE  post-5 years   
 
Tamworth Borough
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Tamworth: Anker Valley Primary Academy 1FE  2021  Fierté Multi-Academy Trust (FSP) 
Tamworth: Golf Course - Primary 1FE* 2024  

 *Potential to increase capacity subject to local demographics

Overall 

Summary: 20 potential or approved new free schools (1 secondary, 1 all through school, 15 primary, 3 first schools)
Year Number of new free schools 
No free schools opened in 2020 0
Approved new free school 2021 1
Approved new free schools 2022 2
Potential new free schools 2023 (1 approved) 2
Potential new free schools 2024 (1 approved) 5
Potential new free schools post 5 years 10
Total potential new free schools

20

Terms used

Free School Presumption (FSP) - Local Authority run process but determined by Regional School Commissioner. 

Wave Free School - DfE run process determined by Regional School Commissioner for schools 2FE or greater. 

FE - Form of entry 

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