What is a Free School?
Ramsgate Free School was set up by a group of individuals who recognised the need for good primary school places in Ramsgate. With a rising local population, Ramsgate schools were feeling the strain and unable to educate all primary school aged children in Ramsgate. Ramsgate Free School opens its doors to children in September 2015.
Free Schools are non profit-making, independent, state-funded schools which are set up by a wide range of proposers – including charities, universities, businesses, educational groups, visionary teachers or committed parents – anyone who wants to make a difference to the educational landscape. Legally, a Free School is also an academy, which means the funding comes direct from central government rather than through the local authority. Free Schools are also governed by charity law.
To find out more about Free Schools, visit the BBC website which explains this in more detail http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13266290