was established by PAG in 2022 to act as the DfE sole delivery partner for the free school applicant support service. By providing expert independent advice and guidance to proposer groups, Create:Schools will support the creation of new mainstream, special and alternative provision free schools in areas where they are needed the most across the country.
Our firm has been advising clients on strategic financing plans and management for a decade. During this time, we have acted for hundreds of academy schools, which we continue to support many academy projects. To see the wide range of services we offer click here
Our team is led by Mike Giddings who has a long standing relationship with the Department for Education and the Educational Schools Funding Agency. We have been involved in a range of mainstream and special free school bids across the country previously, in partnership with PAG.
Free school support
Our aim is to provide financial support to applicants for the next national free school waves. We are delighted to be providing our considerable experience and expertise to help proposers navigate the financial challenges and risks of a new free school.