What does 'free' mean, and is the school accountable and to whom?

February 7, 2013 7:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A Free School has certain freedoms in terms of school organisation, timetabling, staffing and curriculum. However, we will have regular Ofsted inspections to hold us to account and we will be judged against the same criteria as local authority schools. Acorn Free School we will be subject to similar financial and data regulations. Ultimately the Free School will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through the Funding agreement.