I am sure that some groups setting up Free Schools will have the best interests of their local community at heart. However, I am equally sure that some groups will not.
My children attend a Community Primary School which has recently come out of Special Measures and is thriving to achieve and improve. There is a range of children at this school from a variety of backgrounds, high proportion of children on free school meals etc - but it is the mix that makes the school great. If a Free School pops up in our local area, with it's own admissions team, I know exactly what will happen. The high achievers will be 'creamed off' from the local community schools (as they are in the local Faith Schools) and the community schools will sink.
Knowing that I have an interest in music, a friend of mine asked me to be an ambassador for her local Free School Project which will specialise in musically gifted children at Primary level. No I will not.
Why do none of the discussion programmes on Free Schools talk about the admissions policy? Yes, it has to be fair - but where's the detail? So, the admissions team are really going to prioritise looked after children, or SEN children over one of their own, or their friends - when they have put hours of work into their Free School. Are they hell.