Proposal to establish a new Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) special school

The Department for Education (DfE) and the Council are inviting expressions of interest from Academy Proposers interested in sponsoring a new 50 place Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) special school

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30 September 2019.

Key documents

The process

You need to complete the above free school application, which consists of two forms (an Excel (XLS) form for criteria sections A and B, and a Word (DOC) form for criteria sections C, D, E and F). 

You should:

  • submit your application by email to and 
  • send your applications as Word and Excel files respectively - they must not be sent as pdf files
  • title both your application electronic file(s) and email(s) as follows: Special_free_school_application_Leicestereshire_Competition_[INSERT NAME OF YOUR GROUP].
  • ensure your email doesn't exceed 9 megabytes in size; anything larger won't be delivered. If the bid is larger than 9 megabytes, please split the documents and send two (or more) emails clearly indicating that the emails are connected (e.g. email 1 of 3). 

Stakeholder Event

We are holding an event for anyone from a trust who is interested in applying to run the new free school.

This will be an opportunity to hear more about our vision for the school and ask any questions you may have.

Where: Sparkenhoe Committee Room, Leicestershire County Council, Glenfield, Leics, LE3 8SA
When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Time: 2pm to 4pm

If you would like to attend please email: