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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a free school?
Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

Will free schools be able to make a profit?
No. Free schools are run on a not-for-profit basis by a charitable trust. The school will be run by the Headteacher and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a board of governors.

Where will the school be located?
Deer Park School will be located in the TW9 2 area of Richmond. A suitable site has been identified by the Education Funding Agency.

Why are you proposing to open with only Reception classes?
Admissions to the school are taking place where demand for places has been identified.

Are free schools selective?
No. Free schools have to follow the admissions code like all state-funded schools.

If Deer Park School opens in North Sheen area of Richmond will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?
No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Will Deer Park School be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools.

Have you chosen a Headteacher for Deer Park School?
Yes, Alison Colenso joined Deer Park School as Headteacher in May 2015.

How will the school be accountable?
The school will be run by a Board of Governors who will be accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the school. In addition the school will also be accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

How can I apply for a place?
Details of the admissions procedure are available here.

Documents
Consultation Report

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