Our Free School

What is a free school?

Free schools are all ability state-funded schools set up in response to what local people say they want and need in order to improve education for children in their community. The right school can transform a child’s life and help them achieve things they may never have imagined.  Through the free schools programme it is now much easier for talented and committed teachers, charities, parents and education experts to open schools to address real demand within an area.

Who is funding the school?

The capital funding for the school is made available by the Government.

How are free schools regulated?

They will be subject to inspections by England’s schools watchdog Ofsted, just as other schools are.

What is the time frame for opening our free school?

We aim to submit our application to DfE in spring 2015 with a view to opening in sept 2016, subject to their approval.

Where will Cumbria Academy for Autism be located?

We are proposing a location in West Cumbria, in either Allerdale or Copeland. We do not yet have a site but if successful with our application to the DfE a site would be made available to us by the EFA

Where can I find out more about free schools?

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced its own Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page:here