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Sites for potential new free schools

The tables below show the potential new free schools as of June 2024. 

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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 (1 free school)
AreaSizePotential opening (September)Academy Trust (Local Authority Free School Presumption (FSP) or DFE Wave)
Rugeley John Taylor School - all-through school

2FE Primary

5FE Secondary

2025 John Taylor MAT (Wave 14)


East Staffordshire Borough (4 free schools)
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Burton: Branston Locks Primary School  2FE*  2024 John Taylor MAT (Wave 13) 
Burton: Beamhill - Primary 1FE 2027  
Burton: Branston Depot - Primary 1FE post-5 years  
Uttoxeter: Location TBC - First 1FE post-5 years  


Lichfield District (5 free schools)
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Lichfield: Anna Seward Primary School (at Deanslade Farm) - Primary 1FE 2023 (Open) Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (FSP)
Tamworth: Dunstall Park – Primary** 1FE* 2024 Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (FSP)
Lichfield: St. John's Grange - Primary
1FE* 2025  FSP Closed - Sponsor TBC
Lichfield: Watery Lane - Primary 1FE* post-5-years  
Tamworth: Arkall Farm - Primary** 1FE* post-5 years  


Newcastle Under Lyme Borough (0 free schools)

Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Dependent on future Local Plan N/A N/A N/A

South Staffordshire District (0 free schools)

Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Dependent on future Local Plan N/A N/A N/A


Stafford Borough (4 free schools)
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Stafford: Beaconfields Primary & Nursery School (on Stafford North SDL site) - Primary 1FE  2024 Creative Learning Partnership Trust (FSP) 
Stafford: West SDL site (Burleyfields) - Primary 1FE* 2025  Creative Learning Partnership Trust (FSP)
Stafford: North SDL site - Secondary (11-16) 5FE TBC  
Stafford: North SDL site - Primary 2FE post-5 years  


Staffordshire Moorlands District (2 free schools)
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Leek: Location TBC - First 1FE  post-5 years   
Cheadle: Froghall/Ayr Road - Primary 1FE  post-5 years   
Tamworth Borough (1 free school)
Area Size Potential opening (September) Academy Trust (FSP/Wave)
Tamworth: Garden Village Primary Academy - Primary 1FE* 2024   Fierte Multi Academy Trust (FSP) 
NB Two free schools are in Lichfield District      

 *Potential to increase capacity subject to local demographics

**Two schools are in Tamworth but located within the boundary of Lichfield District.  


Programme Summary: 1 open free school, 16 potential free schools including 6 with approved academy sponsor (1 all-through school, 1 secondary, 12 primary, 2 first schools)
Potential Opening DatesNumber of new free schools 
Approved new free schools 2024 4
Potential new free schools 2025 3
Potential new free schools 2027 1
Potential new free schools post 5 years 7
New free schools opening date TBC (1 approved) 1
Total potential new free schools 16

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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