New ASC school in Cambridge to open September 2020

28th March 2018

An opening date of September 2020 has been agreed for The Cavendish School (TCS) – a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition.

Impington Village College is submitting an application to establish a special free school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC). The Cavendish School will provide a highly specialised environment for up to 70 young people age 9 to 19 (Year 5 – 13) with ASC. The school will aspire to remove limitations, celebrating neurodiversity by supporting and guiding students as individuals.

Julie Bailey, a former teacher, has recently been appointed  Chair of the TCS Local Governing Body and  will be working on the planning and designing of the school and the recruitment of a Principal next year.

She works as a Specialist Learning Mentor at Cambridge University, working  with undergraduates and graduates with disabilities, mental health conditions and autism.  She is  completing her Master of Education at Cambridge University in Psychology and Education, with her thesis focusing on attention and reasoning in individuals with autism.

To help shape the future school, staff have been visiting other settings, including  The Rise School at Feltham, Hounslow, and Limpsfield Grange (an outstanding residential and day school for girls with social and interaction difficulties including autism).

Prospective students

Parents/carers and students who are interested in a place at the new school can make contact via the TCS website  or email