Stamford Free School

We believe the time is right to establish a new state secondary school in Stamford. A new school that offers a genuine alternative for pupils and parents seeking the very highest quality education. A new school with a clear vision for academic achievement that exceeds parents’ expectations and raises the aspirations and attainment of all its pupils.

Stamford Free School is a proposed 11–19 secondary school which would open in September 2015 with an initial intake of 120 Year 7 students. The school would then grow organically to its full capacity of 800 pupils by 2021.

If approved by the Department for Education, Stamford Free School will be run by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) which has a successful track record in school improvement. The first school in the group was the outstanding-rated Swavesey Village College (SVC) in Cambridgeshire. SVC is a designated Teaching School which specialises in developing outstanding teachers. Since then, CMAT has sponsored two further secondary schools and a primary school, overseeing impressive new build programmes and leading substantial improvement in student attainment.

The establishment of the Stamford Free School will place a clear focus on academic achievement and outstanding arts and sports provision, expand the choices available to local parents, and transform educational opportunities in the town.

The proposed school will be state-funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and will not divert any funding from existing local schools.


Our application was submitted to the DfE in January and the team was invited to interview on 17th March. We hope to hear if our application has been successful in May or June.

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If you are a parent or carer with a child at primary school or pre-school, you can register your support for Stamford Free School here.

We now have over 1,500 children signed up in support of Stamford Free School but we want to extend that total even further. Please register your support today. You can read some of the comments from local parents here.