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Details of all schools in the pre-opening stage of the free school programme, including:
type of school
age group served
regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
There are many different types of free school, including:
16- to 19-year-olds schools
special free schools
alternative provision free schools
There are also a small number of maths schools. These are specialist free schools for the most mathematically able 16- to 19-year-olds.
Alongside free schools there are university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools. These are mainly for 14- to 19-year-olds.
Section 6A of the Education Act 2011, which changed the arrangements for establishing new schools, is called the academy or free school presumption.