Academies and free schools

Suffolk County Council has a responsibility to ensure that all children in Suffolk have access to a good school which can make the best of their talents.


  1. Support parental choice both to help children find the school that best suits their needs as well as to develop the local school system as a whole.
  2. Will work to a presumption of support for the creation of academies and free schools, actively managing their introduction into the existing system of schools.

Download the academies and free schools policy statement (PDF 33KB).


Parents and carers have asked for some help when schools consult them on proposals to become an academy. We suggest that parents ask the questions in the document below.

DfE guidance for schools

Free Schools

A school, set up by an organisation or group of individuals that is not controlled by the local authority and is funded by the government.

For further information and guidance from the Government about the establishment of free schools, please visit

Open Competitions

For details of open competitions where Suffolk County Council is seeking a sponsor for a new school please visit the Education and Learning Infrastructure Plan webpage for more information.