An opening date of September 2020 has been agreed for The Cavendish School (TCS) – a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition.
The school, to be built on the site at Impington Village College, Histon, will serve families across Cambridgeshire, offering places for children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in Years 3 to 13.
Julie Bailey, a former teacher, has recently been appointed Chair of the TCS Local Governing Body and will be working on the planning and designing of the school and the recruitment of a Principal next year.
She works as a Specialist Learning Mentor at Cambridge University, working with undergraduates and graduates with disabilities, mental health conditions and autism. She is completing her Master of Education at Cambridge University in Psychology and Education, with her thesis focusing on attention and reasoning in individuals with autism.
To help shape the future school, staff have been visiting other settings, including The Rise School at Feltham, Hounslow, and Limpsfield Grange (an outstanding residential and day school for girls with social and interaction difficulties including autism).