Windmill Hill Special School is a special free school located in Luton, Bedfordshire. The school, which opened in 2021, has capacity for 120 pupils with a range of special education needs and disabilities (SEND) primarily difficulties with cognition and learning. The school is part of Creating Tomorrow, a group of schools and a college, that have come together to make sure all children have the opportunity to succeed — irrespective of learning needs.
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Treetops Free School is a special free school in Grays, Essex, for students aged 5-16 with moderate learning difficulties. Treetops Free School, which opened in 2021, is part of the Treetops Learning Community Trust. Treetops Free School was commissioned due to high demand for places at Treetops School – an existing academy converter school. The free school will replicate provision on offer at the existing well-established Treetops School and has capacity for 140 places.
The Flagship School is a special free school located in Hastings. The school, which opened in 2021, supports teachers, therapists and learning support assistants - in partnership with parents and carers - to enable pupils to experience a high quality with an exciting and integrated curriculum, designed to meet their individual needs and learning styles.
The Cavendish School is a special school located on the outskirts of Cambridge. The Cavendish School is the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school, providing a unique educational environment for young people with autism to thrive and succeed, when their needs cannot be met in a mainstream school. As an IB World School, The Cavendish School supports students to develop 10 human attributes that go beyond academic success, known as the IB learner profile.
The Beacon College is a 16-19 Special Needs College located in Herefordshire. The school, which opened in 2021, is ran by Barrs Court – a 11 to 19 special school in Hereford. Together with Herefordshire Local Authority, Barrs Court aims for The Beacon College to become a critical part of the county’s strategy to provide a focal point for the local SEND community.
Kensington Queensmill School is a special free school located in Kensington and Chelsea. The school, which opened in 2021, has capacity for 80 pupils due to a £36.5million investment from Kensington and Chelsea Council. The school is committed to the use of expertise of occupational and speech and language therapists to ensure outcomes and firmly believes in the principles of a ‘team around a young person’, including families and professionals.
High Point Academy is a special secondary free school for students with complex learning difficulties located in Wednesbury, West Midlands. The school, which opened in 2021, specialises in helping students with complex needs – including autism and speech, language and communication needs. The curriculum is personalised to provide students with the appropriate skills and knowledge for when they leave school to ensure they have a positive transition to the workplace and adult life.
Fox Grove is a special free school located in Leatherhead, Surrey. The school is part of The Howard Partnership Trust and has capacity for 52 pupils aged between 4 to 19 with autism. Fox Grove School promotes a sense of safety, belonging, connection and trust which enables the school to provide quality universal, targeted and specialist support. High quality support in all areas enables pupils to access a broad and balanced creative curriculum.
Euler Academy is a hybrid special school and alternative provision free school located in Hull. Euler Academy, which opened in 2021, has capacity for 56 pupils aged 5-11 with Social and Mental health issues. Core to the vision of the school, is a relentless focus on fostering pupil resilience and outstanding learning behaviour in mainstream schools and specialist settings.
Cornerstone is a special free school located in Belvedere in the London Borough of Bexley. The school, which opened in 2021, is part of Trinitas academy trust. The school caters for learners with complex social, emotional and mental health needs that present in the context of the young person’s ASD, e.g young people of average to high cognitive abilities who require a specialised learning environment such as low arousal class rooms and a high level of therapeutic/pastoral care and approach to have their special educational needs met.