Create: Schools was established by PAG in 2022 to act as the Department for Education’s (DfE) sole delivery partner for the free school applicant support service. By providing expert independent advice and guidance to proposer groups, Create: Schools will support the creation of new mainstream, special, and alternative provision (AP) free schools in areas where they are most needed across the country.

The services provided by Create: Schools are delivered by a team of expert Advisors, who are committed to providing bespoke and tailored advice to any organisation or individual who is interested in opening their own free school. The team will work intensively with proposers during live free school waves to develop competitive, high-quality applications in line with the DfE’s criteria and application guidance.

No matter where you are in your free school journey, our Create: Schools Advisors are here to help you as you turn your vision into a reality.  

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We are here to help trusts, schools and other organisations ensure the best outcomes for children and young people across the country by setting up great new schools. Create: Schools works with free school proposer groups to help them navigate the process of applying for a new school across mainstream, special education and alternative provision routes.

Our team of highly experienced Advisors provides bespoke advice, guidance and support to ensure that applications meet the Department for Education’s criteria, and that proposers have the tools they need to progress to the pre-opening phase if their application is approved.



Who we work with

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Stone King

Stone King is a nationally recognised law firm which has been recognised as top ranked by both Chambers and the Legal 500. They have a long history of providing integral legal support for academy trusts and a deep knowledge of the education sector. 

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AMR Consult

AMR Consult is a construction project management company which has been supporting the Free School Programme since its inception in 2010. 

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MLG Education Services

MLG Education Services provides financial services to maintained schools converting to academy status, multi-academy trusts seeking to expand and existing academies that require operational support.

Kinetic Marketing

Kinetic Marketing is a leading marketing service for free schools, holding expertise in marketing strategies, branding and design, concise communication, social media and much more.

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