Worcestershire County Council in its role as commissioner has a statutory duty to plan and secure sufficient schools for its area. If the need is identified for a new school, WCC has a duty to seek proposals to establish a Free School in line with the Free School Presumption.
Given the extent of proposed housing development in Worcestershire over the next 15-20 years, we anticipate the need for a number of new schools across the county.
Once the need has been identified for a new school, and funding has been secured, WCC will follow the below process to determine an academy partner:
- following a 6-week consultation, cabinet will approve the publication of the proposal for a new school
- the proposal will be published, and we will invite potential sponsors to apply - this will last for a period of at least 4 weeks
- the proposal will include specifications of the school in line with DfE guidance
- following the closing date, applicants will be invited to interview and answer any questions on the proposal
- a formal review panel will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State based on the ability of an applicant to meet the specification as outlined
- the final decision will be made by the Secretary of State, via the Regional Schools Commissioner
The full process is set out in Worcestershire County Council's 'Process for the Local Authority commissioning a new Free School in Worcestershire guidance:
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