• 159 Brigstock Road, Croydon, CR7 7JP
  • 0208 683 2308
  • admin@paxtonacademy.org.uk


1.What is a free school?

Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

2. Will free schools be able to make a profit?

No. Free Schools can only be set up and owned by charities. The school is run by the Principal and her leadership team who are answerable to a Board of Governors.

3.Why are you establishing the school on the identified site?

The site was identified by the Education Funding Agency as an ideal location for a school. A new build school is planned on the site of 843 London Road, Thornton Heath and will open in April 2017.

4. Why do you only take Reception and Year 1 pupils?

This is due to the high demand for reception places in the borough. The academy will admit a new Reception class each year until the academy reaches capacity in 2020. Parents of children in Year 1 are welcome to apply for a place.

5. Are free schools selective?

No. Free schools have to follow the Admissions Code like all state-funded schools

6. How is funding determined?

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.

7. Will Paxton Academy Sports and Science be inspected by Ofsted?

Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools.

8. How will the school be accountable?

The school is run by a Board of Governors who are accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the school. In addition the school is also accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.

9. How can I apply for a place?

Paxton Academy is part of the Pan London admissions. Applications for Reception and Year One places should be made via Croydon Council.