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Cumbria Academy
for Autism


When will CAA open?

The planned opening date is 4th September 2019.

Where will CAA open?

Our school site will be on Branthwaite Road, Lillyhall, Workington, CA14 4SS.

Do students need an EHCP to attend the school?

All students attending Cumbria Academy for Autism will have a primary diagnosis of Autism and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Who is the school for?

The school has been designed to meet the needs of those autistic learners who present with high level support needs and cognitive profiles similar to that of a mainstream school. Provision has been designed to support those with a moderate learning disability through to gifted and talented learners.

How do I apply for a place for my child?

Admission arrangements are being referred from the Local Education Authority to Cumbria Academy for Autism. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Local Education Authority has commissioned all of the places for the September 2019 opening.  After this you can apply through your SEN local county council.

Who decides which children are offered a place?

The decision to refer a place to Cumbria Academy for Autism will be made by Cumbria County Council’s Children’s Services Team. They will liaise with the Academy and SEND experts to make their referral decision.  Cumbria Academy for Autism will then assess whether they can meet the need of the young person.

Will the school take students with Severe Learning Difficulties

Students with Severe Learning Difficulties may require a different approach to that offered at Cumbria Academy for Autism. 

What will happen if the building isn't ready?

The building is due for completion in early August 2019.  In the event that works are delayed the CAA Trust will work closely with the Local Authority to find a temporary solution or look to delay the opening date.