The Cavendish School proposal update
Introducing The Cavendish School

Thank you to all the prospective parents, colleagues, young people and professionals who have contributed so far to help shape the vision for our new school.  We have produced a booklet called Introducing the Cavendish School to share information about the proposed new school which will be dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC).  Please click the green button to view or download the booklet, and share with anyone you think may be interested.  Printed copies are also available by post on request.

Over the next few weeks we will be working hard to complete the detailed application which must be submitted to the Department for Education in September.  Your input continues to inform the bid, and we continue to welcome your views and ideas.  
Introducing The Cavendish School booklet

Prospective Students

We are inviting parents/ carers and students to express interest in a place at the proposed The Cavendish School in 2018 and beyond.  By expressing interest you are helping to demonstrate that there is demand for the new school, which is crucial for the application to the Department for Education.  

Click here to express interest

The feedback we receive from you is crucial in helping to shape the proposal.  We encourage you to ask questions via our website.  Thank you to those who responded to the last poll sharing thoughts about the type of therapeutic approaches that could be adopted.  Here are answers to some questions recently asked:

What age children will be able to attend The Cavendish School?

In the first year, 2018, students will only be admitted for Years 5, 6 and 7 and in Year 12. In each subsequent year, we will admit ‘upwards’ (so the Year 7s from 2018 become the Year 8s of 2019 and so on) to develop and grow the culture of the school successfully.  Once The Cavendish School is established it will welcome young people from age 9 to age 19 (school Year 5 to Year 13).  If you have a child with ASC who may be interested in attending then please let us know


Will my child be moved to The Cavendish School from their existing school?
All children holding an EHCP that determines the primary need as ASC will be, in theory, eligible for a place at The Cavendish School.  However, this doesn’t mean students will automatically be placed at the proposed new school, nor that they will be moved from an existing school where they are established and settled.  The individual needs of each child is the most important factor, and any decisions will be made in collaboration with the child/young person, the family and with the Local Authority. 

What level of individual need does the school plan to accept?
There is no black and white answer to this question as each young person is an individual with a unique set of needs, strengths and interests. When a parent expresses interest we would start an investigatory process to learn about their child. The aim is to establish whether The Cavendish School would be right for each individual, and whether the school can meet their needs within the cohort of students.  Each student who attends The Cavendish School will have a bespoke programme of learning that is tailored to their own needs and interests. On offer will be an eclectic range of therapies and learning opportunities designed to support and challenge them as an individual.
Will the school cater for girls as well as boys?
The Cavendish School will cater for both girls and boys whose primary need is autism.  The presentation of ASC is girls can be very different from boys. Many of the diagnostic systems and stereotypes of ASC are based on males, so there are likely to be many girls with ASC in schools whose needs are not identified or understood. Our challenge is to develop a programme which responds to gender-related ASC differences.  Sharonne Horlock, who sits on the National ASC and Girls Forum, is drawing on the latest research and thinking to inform plans.

What are the benefits for students and parents?
The Cavendish School will offer quality education for children from age 9 to 19, giving parents the security of knowing that their child will have an appropriate school place until they leave education.  Each student will have the benefit of a bespoke programme that is planned around the needs and interests of you as an individual.  Each student will have access to a full range of facilities, and a variety of extra-curricular opportunities including those open to mainstream students and those specifically offered to ASC students.  A work experience programme will be developed, especially designed to support each individual as they set out on their very important journey from school into employment.  Parent and student input has been crucial in shaping the proposal for the new school and this will continue to be the case when the school is open.  At the heart of the school will be relationships and their importance in supporting the growth of each young person.  These relationships include students, their families, staff they work with, other students in the school and the wider community all working together.  The mission statement of The Cavendish School is enabling the self.  This means striving to ensure each student is equipped to live the life they choose.


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