Schools and education

New special free school

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to the Department for Education to open a new special free school.

It will provide spaces for 180 children and young people with autism spectrum condition and/or associated complex needs moderate learning difficulties and severe learning difficulties, complementing our existing SEND provision.

It is our aim that the new special free school will open in 2025/26. This date my vary dependent on pre-opening stage.

Alongside the Department for Education, we will be seeking proposals from organisations that are interested in establishing and running the new special free school.

Engagement events

We will be holding online engagement events for prospective trusts to find out more and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

There's no need to book; simply join via MS Teams one of the following days (links to join are included in the relevant agenda).

Application process

Lead applicants for proposer groups wishing to apply school should:

Important: If you do not complete the pre-registration, you will not receive an application to apply for a new special free school in this wave.

Page last updated: 15 May 2023