Statutory Consultation Opens
Cumbria Academy for Autism open a statutory 6-week consultation exercise starting today, Monday 29th October, and closing at 12 noon on Sunday 9th December 2018.
When an application for a Free School is approved and the proposed school enters the pre-opening phase, the Academy Trust is required by law to inform the local community of our plans and allow people to respond; this is an expectation under Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010.
Section 10 requires that anybody entering into “Academy arrangements” with the Secretary of State in relation to a school should “consult such persons as the person thinks appropriate” on “whether the arrangements should be entered into.” As part of our consultation, we are particularly interested to hear from parents, prospective students, local authorities, local politicians, local schools, residents and community groups.
Under Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010, for our school to open, there will need to be a contract between the school and the Department for Education (DfE). This is called a ‘Funding Agreement’ and is a standard document used by all academies.
This consultation is a necessary and important element of the pre‐opening stage. If our group does not carry it out adequately then the Secretary of State will not sign the funding agreement necessary for our free school to open.
Once we have completed our consultation, officials at the DfE will review it and the consultation report will form part of the assessment of the impact, that the opening of the free school will have on maintained schools, academies, institutions within the further education sector and alternative provision in the area. This is a key factor in the overall consideration made by the Secretary of State as to whether they will enter into a funding agreement with our The Cumbria Academy for Autism Trust.
Further details on how to take part in the consultation, including an information brochure, details of the drop in events and an online response form to submit your views, can be found in the Statutory Consultation section of our website.