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13 September 2017

Invitation to Submit Proposals to Sponsor a New Secondary Free School Provision in Colchester

Essex County Council is inviting applications to sponsor a new secondary free school in new buildings in Paxman Avenue, Colchester.
The new secondary school will open in September 2019.  Once operating at full capacity it will deliver 900 secondary school places.
Fuller details may be found in the invitation to submit a proposal.



Potential sponsors should first register their interest with the County Council by emailing at the earliest opportunity, and then complete the application form (below) and submit it, together with their full proposal, to that same email address by close on 20 October 2017.
The full proposal should provide additional materials and information, to demonstrate comprehensively how the proposal meets the application criteria and DfE requirements.

Special free school invitation

The DfE has approved funding for a new special Free School in Essex which is likely to be situated on the site of the former St Peter’s College in Chelmsford, Essex.
Essex County Council is inviting applications to sponsor a 64 place special Free School for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health problems. The 64 places include 15 boarding places and it is anticipated that all places will be commissioned by Essex County Council.
Full details of the required provision are set out in the specification document below:
Essex County Council intends to hold an information event for all interested parties on 26 September 2017 at 2pm in the Marconi Room, Chelmsford City Hall, Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JE. To reserve places email:

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by noon on 24 November 2017.
Proposer groups will submit their applications to both Essex County Council and the DfE via email. Proposers are also required to submit one hard copy to ECC and two hard copies to the DfE at the address provided in the application guide.
Multi Academy Trusts interested in bidding to sponsor the school must first complete a Pre Registration Form.  
The application form is in two parts, these are set out below: