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