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Cumbria Academy
for Autism

CAA welcomes new Headteacher!

The CAA Trust are delighted to announce that Richard Aindow has been appointed as the new Headteacher of Cumbria Academy for Autism.

Mr Aindow is currently Deputy Head at Presfield High School and Specialist College for ASD students in Southport.

Lynne Thornton, Chair of the Board of Governors said:

"The opportunity to lead our school attracted an excellent field of candidates all of whom recognised Cumbria Academy for Autism as an exciting opportunity to transform autism education in the West Cumbria.

As a result of a rigorous interview process we are delighted to have appointed Richard Aindow as our new Head.

We believe that the strength of our new school lies in its vision, its ethos and the opportunities it will provide for its students.

We know that Richard is a highly-skilled leader, with significant expertise in specialist education and autism.  He fully embraces the challenge ahead and is genuinely passionate about transforming the lives of young people with autism, in Cumbria.  We are confident Richard will successfully take the school forward, through the pre-opening phase to the next exciting chapter, when the Academy welcomes its very first cohort of students.”

On his appointment Richard said:

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Cumbria Academy for Autism in the next stage of its journey. As a father of two boys seeking a diagnosis of autism and with my experience in specialist autism education, I fully understand the challenges faced by these young people and their families. The school will lay the foundations for success, providing students with the essential skills and knowledge to lead purposeful futures, contributing and interacting with the local community.

It will be a privilege to build on the strong foundations that the Trust has set down. We are fortunate to have a brand-new site in development and I feel immensely proud to now lead the school and help local students with autism thrive.”