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.

Why are you establishing the school at the former College of North West London Kilburn campus?

This purpose-built, award-winning education building was identified by the Education Funding Agency as an ideal location for a school.

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 new admissions code like all state-funded schools.

If Kilburn Grange School opens in Kilburn 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 Kilburn Grange 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 Kilburn Grange School?

Not yet. We are looking for a high-calibre leader to take on this opportunity and will be advertising nationally to make sure we get the best candidates to apply. We hope to be able to appoint our Headteacher to start at Easter 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?

Full details of the admissions procedure will be available shortly on the school’s website.

How can I give my views?

You can fill out the questionnaire.  You can also give us any further comments or ask questions by emailing or by calling our consultation message line on 0845 257 9711. The consultation period ends at 12 noon on Tuesday 16th September 2014.