What is a free school?

Free schools are independent, state-funded schools, which are free to attend. They have the same legal status as academies.

Will free schools be able to make a profit?

No. Free schools are set up by charities. The school is run by the Head and leadership team who are answerable to the charity’s trustees.

Where is the school located?

The school is located at 23 Gatwick Road in North East Crawley which is being remodelled to create a fantastic, modern school.

Why are you proposing to open with Reception and Year 7?

Admissions to the school are taking place where demand for places has been identified.

Are free schools selective?

No. Free schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools.

As The Gatwick School is opening in Crawley will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?

No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Will The Gatwick School be inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other schools.

How will the school be accountable?

The school is accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its funding agreement. It will also have to publish its annual report and accounts.

How can I apply for a place?

Details of the admissions procedure can be found on the Apply page on this website.