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Sites for potential new free schools

The tables below show the potential new free schools as of November 2019. 

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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
Cannock: Poppyfield Primary Academy  1FE*  Opened 2019  Victoria AT (Free School Presumption) 
Rugeley: Location to be confirmed - Primary 2FE  Post-5 years  N/A

 

East Staffordshire Borough
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Burton: Branston Locks Primary School (working title)  2FE*  2022  John Taylor MAT (Wave 13) 
Uttoxeter: Land West of - First 1FE  2021  Uttoxeter Learning Trust (Free School Presumption)
Burton: Beamhill - Primary 1FE Post-5 years  N/A
Burton: Branston Depot - Primary 1FE Post-5 years  N/A
Uttoxeter: Location to be confirmed 1FE Post-5 years  N/A

 

Lichfield District
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Lichfield: Streethay Primary School 1FE*  Opened 2019  Shaw Education Trust (Free School Presumption) 
Lichfield: Fradley Park - Primary 1FE*  2022  John Taylor MAT (Free School Presumption) 
Lichfield: South of Shortbutts Lane - Primary 2FE 2023 REAch2 Academy Trust (Wave 11)
Lichfield: Deanslade Farm - Primary 1FE 2023  N/A
Lichfield: Watery Lane - Primary 1FE* 2023  N/A
Tamworth: Dunstall Lane - Primary 1FE Post-5 years  N/A
Tamworth: Arkall Farm - Primary 1 - 1.5FE Post-5 years  N/A

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  2022  Creative Learning Partnership Trust (Free School Presumption) 
Stafford: North SDL site - Secondary (11-16) 5FE  Post-5 years   N/A
Stafford: North SDL site - Primary 2FE Post-5 years  N/A
Stafford: West SDL site 2FE Post-5 years  N/A

 

Staffordshire Moorlands District
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Leek: Location to be confirmed - First 1FE  Post-5 years   N/A
Cheadle: Location to be confirmed - Primary 1FE  Post-5 years   N/A

 

Tamworth Borough
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (LA Free School Presumption or DFE Wave 
Tamworth: Anker Valley - Primary 1FE  2021  Fierté Multi-Academy Trust (Free School Presumption) 
Tamworth: Golf Course - Primary 1FE Post-5 years   N/A

 *Potential to increase capacity subject to local demographics

Overall 

Number of potential new free schools per year
Year Number of new free schools 
2020 0
2021 2
2022
2023
Post 5 years 12 
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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