Devon County Council is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid to the Department for Education (DfE) to open a new special free school in Cranbrook, East Devon.
The free school programme will be centrally administered and funded by the DfE.
The Department for Education will be seeking proposals from organisations who are interested in establishing and running the new school and the Secretary of State for Education will approve an application from potential sponsors to run the new school once there is an ambitious and deliverable approach to running the new school.
The proposed school will be a 70 place special free school for pupils aged 9-16 years of age with:
- autistic spectrum disorder;
- social, emotional and mental health;
- cognition and learning;
- speech, language and communication needs.
The School Specification and How to Apply Guidance for Trusts and other proposers is being published by the DfE on 9 May 2023 and will be available through the Government website. Apply to open a special free school – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The local Contextual Information is provided by Devon County Council and can be found below.
This webpage will be updated throughout the process.
Proposer Group Engagement Events
If you would like to find out more about how to apply to the open the new special free school, please register to join one of our Engagement Events.
Two Engagement Events are being held by DCC with Create:Schools (the DfE’s free school support service) for potential applicants interested in establishing and running the school.
These will be on:
Wednesday 24 May 2023. 12:30pm to 2:00pm at the Younghayes Centre, 169 Younghayes Road, Cranbrook, EX5 7DRPlease note that the event on 24 May 2023 has been cancelled. The event as set out below on 7 June will be going ahead as planned.
- Wednesday 7 June 2023. 12:30pm to 2:00pm. This will be an on-line session via Microsoft Teams. A link will be sent to the online event.
Any potential applicants interested in attending should register their interest with email@example.com. Please also let us know the name of your organisation, who will attend, and their roles.
There will be a presentation (available to view here) about the proposed new school, the application process and key deadlines, followed by opportunities for questions and answers.