Muslim ethos school in Derby
The Al-Madinah School will open in September but the first enrolment events are being held this week.
Free schools are funded by taxpayers but are not controlled by local authorities.
Being an all-through school means pupils will be taught there for reception, primary school and secondary school.
An atheist group called Derbyshire Secularists and Humanists has argued the school will teach “a distorted view of the world”.
Prospective pupils include children from Burton-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, and Nottingham.
From September the school will have an intake of 60 pupils in reception, 60 pupils in year one and 120 pupils in year seven.
The school will grow every year by an additional 60 pupils in the primary school and 120 pupils in the secondary school.
About 145 pupils have already signed up – and the school expects that its 1,020 places will be over-subscribed.