School organisation and place planning

New school opportunities

Submit a proposal to sponsor a new primary free school in Essex

We are inviting applications to sponsor a new primary free school in new buildings on the St. Luke’s Park development in Runwell.

The new primary school will open in September 2022. At full capacity, it will offer 210 primary school places.

More details can be found in the invitation to submit a proposal (PDF, 1.64MB).

How to apply

You can register your interest by emailing

You should then complete the application form (DOCX, 42.78KB) application form and send it to with a full proposal. Applications close on 17 May 2021.

Proposals should include additional materials and information to show how you can meet the application criteria and the Department of Education requirements.

Visit the New Schools Network website for more information.

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