In September 2016, after months of hard work, the Morris Education Trust formally submitted a free school application to the Government Department for Education (DfE). The Cavendish School will be a special school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC). The school will serve families across Cambridgeshire, offering places for children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in Years 5 to 13.
Comprising over 140 pages, the application to the DfE is detailed and authoritative. We are very hopeful that it will be successful. The process now includes several stages. Firstly we expect to find out in 6-8 weeks whether our application has been shortlisted to progress. If successful, at this stage we will be invited for interview at the DfE to present our case and to answer specific and detailed questions about our plans. This should take place before Christmas and we will learn the outcome in early 2017. If we are successful at this stage then the DfE will approve our application to progress to the pre-opening stage. The Secretary of State will not confirm an opening date until an application is established in the pre-opening stage, but our ambition is to complete building works in time for the school to open in September 2018.
Thank you to all the colleagues, parents, young people and professionals who have contributed so far to help shape the vision for The Cavendish School. We continue to need your input and support and will update you on progress as we move forward. For more details please visit The Cavendish School website.