Our virtual launch event

We’re excited to announce that The Cavendish School, the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school is officially set to open on the outskirts of Cambridge in Autumn 2021. Based in Impington, The Cavendish School will also be Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for young people with autism.

Join the virtual launch taking place via Zoom on Wednesday 21 October at 6pm, to meet the school team, hear about the school’s journey to date, key updates on plans for the school, what lies ahead of the opening next year and, most importantly, get answers to any questions you may have. Joining the launch and answering your questions will be:

Ryan Kelsall, Deputy CEO of The Learning Alliance

Leah Cooper, Assistant Principal for SEND/PP and SENCo at the co-located Impington Village College, currently seconded to The Cavendish School

Julie Bailey, Chair of Governors at The Cavendish School and doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge

Please click here to register your place at the launch event; Zoom joining details will be emailed to registered attendees before the event.

If you would like to submit any questions, please do so by emailing Cavendish@impington.cambs.sch.uk by Tuesday 20 October. There will be the opportunity on the night to take live questions through the chat functionality, however to manage expectations, the team may not be able to answer them all due to time restrictions.

If you are unable to make the event but would still like more information, please let us know and we will ensure that you receive a recording of the event once it has taken place.

We hope that you can join us at the launch later this month.

If you know of any families in the community who may be interested in finding out more about The Cavendish School, please share the above information with them.

Progress update – July 2020

We are pleased to confirm that plans for the opening of The Cavendish School, the new special free school for young people with autism, are progressing well.

The Cavendish School will be the county’s first state specialist provision for young people with autism, and will offer students an environment in which to thrive and the support they deserve in order to live the lives they choose. The school’s mission is “enabling the self”, providing its students with the skills, confidence and abilities to take their place in the world.

We are finalising plans for the impressive new facilities, and also working hard on developing a unique curriculum that builds on the vast experience and success of Impington Village College, in working with and supporting young people with autism to achieve their potential.

The Cavendish School will be open from September 2021. Initially the school will admit around 40 students (Year 3 to 7) and will then grow year on year to a maximum capacity of 80 students, aged 7 to 19 years (Year 3 to 13) with autism and Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

If you are interested in finding out more about The Cavendish School, we are holding a series of small, socially distanced group visits for prospective students and parents, as well as professionals, to the site, where you will have the opportunity to see the plans, meet members of the senior team and get answers to any questions you may have.

Group visits for up to 15 people per session are scheduled for the following times and dates. Please email jbickley@TMET.org.uk to book your place:

5pm on Tuesday 7 July or Thursday 9 July or Wednesday 15 July

12.30pm on Friday 17 July or Monday 20 July

11am on Tuesday 21 July

If you know of any families in the community who may be interested in finding out more about The Cavendish School, please share the above information with them.