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What will happen when we need a new school?

If we believe a new school is necessary, the Lead Member for Children and Young People will make arrangements to engage directly with potential providers.

Applications will be welcomed from both, existing and new providers.

In establishing the new school, we will take account of the DfE guidance Academy and Free School Presumption.

The final decision on whether to accept a free school application is made by the DfE. However, the DfE will normally consult with us before making their decision.