Working together

We are delighted to have received such a positive response to the new school proposal. The planning for the school is currently in development and the continued input from prospective parents and related agencies is crucial to the success of the new school. There is great need for a school that offers children with autism the support they deserve in order to live the life they choose. With your support we believe The Cavendish School (TCS) can fill this need, becoming a beacon for better understanding of autism. Our mission for TCS is ‘enabling the self’, providing children with autism with the skills, confidence and abilities to take their unique place as adults in a neuro-typical world. For us, autism will always be seen as an ‘enability’.

The application is being developed by a working group with a range of different skills and experiences:

  • Robert Campbell – CEO, Morris Education Trust
  • Julie Bailey – Chairperson (designate) of TCS Local Governing Body
  • Fran Difranco – Chief Operating Officer, Morris Education Trust
  • Jenna Bickley, Business Support Manager, Morris Education Trust
  • David Jenkins, Trustee, Morris Education Trust

The proposal is also informed by input from:

  • Parents of current and prospective students
  • Young people and adults with autism
  • Professional agencies and individuals currently working with young people in Cambridgeshire
  • Helen Phelan (Head of SEND Service 0-25 & Principal Educational Psychologist) and Hazel Belchamber (Head of Service 0-19 Place Planning & Organisation), Cambridgeshire County Council
  • New Schools Network


“Impington Village College’s proposal for a new free special school with an autism specialty is an exciting opportunity to better ensure that all children and young people with autism have access to the educational opportunities they need and deserve. The proposed new school would be built on the strong foundations of the College’s deserved reputation for inclusive education and meeting the needs of children and young people with a special educational need or disability. The County Council looks forward to working with the school on this project.”

Adrian Loades, (former) Executive Director: Children, Families and Adults Services, Cambridgeshire County Council, July 2016