Special Free School proposal


Hampshire County Council is the local authority responsible for school place planning in Hampshire and has identified the need for a new 125 place 4 to 16 Social Communication Needs/Autistic Spectrum Disorders (SCN/ASD) special free school expected to open in September 2020 (subject to necessary approvals).

Expressions of interest and applications to sponsor this new special free school are invited.

A site has been identified for this special free school at the former Chineham Park Primary School site, Shakespeare Road, Basingstoke, RG24 9BP

Full specification for the new special free school

School Design and Build: Feasibility work and an outline design is being undertaken by Hampshire County Council. The successful proposer will work with the County Council to ensure that the building is built to the required standard and meets the needs of the modern curriculum.

Special School Revenue Funding Guidance

Invitation to submit proposals

The County Council and the Department for Education would like to invite interested proposers to submit proposals for the establishment of the new academy.

Application Guide and Criteria 

Special Free School Application Form Part 1
Special Free School Application Form Part 2

Special School Financial Template

The competition will run for 4 months until 12.00pm 24 November 2017.

It is compulsory that proposers register their interest. The County Council requests that this is done by 29 September. Register your interest.

Proposers should complete their full applications by 24 November and submit them to both Hampshire County Council helen.ley@hants.gov.uk and the Department for Education via FreeSchool.SPECIAL@education.gov.uk, with one copy going via email to both as well as one hard copy going to the LA, and two hard copies to the department (address provided in the application guide).

Contact details and further information

If you would like any further information or would like to discuss your application, please contact:

Liz Flaherty
County Service Manager SEN
Email liz.flaherty@hants.gov.uk
Phone: 01962 846418

The main contact for enquiries about the site is:

Gemma Bowry / Helen Ley
Strategic Development Officer, Childrens Services
Email gemma.bowry@hants.gov.uk / helen.ley@hants.gov.uk
Phone: 01962 846686

RSC contact

Dominic Herrington
RSC’s office: South East of England and South London
Email: dominic.herrington@education.gov.uk