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Cumbria Academy for Autism

Cumbria Academy for Autism is a brand new, aspirational special free-school.

It will serve the boroughs of Allerdale and Copeland in West Cumbria, providing a unique educational experience for 56 students between the ages of 4 to 19 years old. We will deliver high quality education and intervention in a learning environment which will enable children to achieve their full potential in their future lives. We are passionate about improving the life chances of autistic children and young people in West Cumbria. After three years of planning and applications we have now been given approval by the DfE, with local authority support, to open in September 2019.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Richard Aindow
Contact Position
01900 517632
School Website

Where to go

31, Branthwaite Road
CA14 4SS

In the opening year, all places have been commissioned by Cumbria County Council.  We cannot take direct enquiries for placements, you need to enquire through SEN County Council.  Once open you can apply through you local county council.

Other Details


Other notes

Cumbria Academy for Autism is passionate about our vision to form a special free school in West Cumbria which creates life changing opportunities for our students. Our vision is to be an Ofsted outstanding-rated, Centre of Excellence for Autism in West Cumbria.

Additionally, we have a broader shared vision for improving education in West Cumbria through our involvement as members of the West Cumbria Alternative Provision Working Group; we are determined to improve Autism provision beyond our school walls and it is this which underpins our centre of excellence model.

Local Offer


This area is being developed at the moment and will be available to view soon.

Contact Name
Richard Aindow
Contact Telephone
01900 517632
Contact Email
SEN Information
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 24/01/2022
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