The Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) have to choose and approve the site for the school. They carried out an extensive search for sites in Oxford and due to a severe lack of sites, it took a long time to identify a suitable site. This is why the school opening had to be delayed from September 2017 to September 2019. The Swan School did not open in temporary accommodation because the ESFA only allow schools to do so in exceptional circumstances, and under certain conditions. In the case of The Swan School, it was decided that it would not be appropriate as there are sufficient spaces in the current school system until the new planned date of opening.