The Cavendish School proposal update
The Cavendish School proposal update

We continue to need your input, thoughts and encouragement to help shape plans for the proposed new school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC). Today we are running two drop in sessions for anyone wishing to talk to the working group. Please do forward this to friends and colleagues who you think may be interested.
Drop in sessions - TODAY
Informal drop-in sessions for parents of young people with ASC and anyone else with an interest. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and to share your thoughts and experiences. There is no need to attend the whole session - you can just drop in at a time to suit you.

Tuesday 19 July, 2 – 3.30pm or 7.30 – 9pm
Carnegie Room at Impington Village College.  Please go to the main school reception on arrival.

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.  By expressing interest you are indicating that if The Cavendish School is opened successfully, you would like the local authority to name it on your EHCP.  The information you share will be used to evidence interest only.  Your personal details will not be shared, and at this stage you are not making a commitment to attend the school.  

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 will it be like to be a student at The Cavendish School?
Children with autism have the same aspirations as ‘neuro-typical’ children including a need to communicate, a desire for friendships and meaningful relationships, being employed in purposeful activities, being independent and to be happy.  The Cavendish School will support every student as an individual to develop and flourish to the best of their ability, academically, socially, emotionally and personally.  At the heart of the school will be relationships and their importance in supporting the growth of each young person.   There will be a bespoke curriculum that reflects the needs and interests of each individual, and a programme of opportunities including extra-curricular which is centred around each student.

What age children will be able to attend the school?
Once The Cavendish School is established it will welcome young people from age 9 to age 19 (school Year 5 to Year 13). 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’ (thus the Year 7s from 2018 become the Year 8s of 2019 and so on) to develop and grow the culture of the school successfully.  If you have a child with ASC who may be interested in attending then please let us know. 
What level of individual need does the school plan to accept as the autistic spectrum is very broad?
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.


Where does the name come from?
Henry Cavendish was a distinguished British natural philosopher and scientist of the 18th century.  Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he called inflammable air.  He was known for great accuracy and precision in his research, and it is thought he was on the autism spectrum.  The Cavendish School has been named to remind us that anyone with ASC can pursue their ambitions as Henry did.


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