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Application processes to sponsor schools

21 April 2016

A new 210-place Free School at the Smith’s Farm site, Great Dunmow

Essex County Council is inviting applications to sponsor a new 210-place (1fe) primary provision at the Smith’s Farm site in Great Dunmow, to open in September 2018.  (This process replaces one for the same opportunity which closed on 15 April 2016.)  In line with current DfE requirements, the new provision will be a Free School.


Organisations wishing to be considered to sponsor the new provision should express their interest by emailing as soon as possible. 


Completed application forms, along with any supplementary information, should be submitted to the County Council by 3 June 2016.  The application should to demonstrate comprehensively how the application criteria and DfE requirements are met.


New proposers will need to be assessed by the Department for Education (DfE) through the normal sponsor approval route, and will therefore need to make a separate application to the DfE to become a sponsor. Contact with the DfE should be made at the outset, and before submitting a formal proposal to Essex County Council. Applications to become an approved sponsor can be made at GOV.UK.
If you require further information, please contact the School Organisation Team on 03330 131189, or via email at