We are committed to teaching young people with disabilities how to work, keep a job and enjoy their lives.

To that end we are proposing to open a new Special Free School for students aged 16 to 19. The curriculum will focus on preparing students with learning disabilities, autism and communication / interaction difficulties for work and living independently.

What is a free school?

A Free School is a school set up by a group of people (e.g teachers, parents or charities) to meet specific needs in their local community. It is the same as a state school in that is is state funded and open to all. All free schools are academies. Ours will be a 'Special' Free School.

Who is it for?

Our Free School will be for approximately 60 students aged 16 to 19 who have Education Health & Care Plans. They will have moderate to severe learning difficulties and/or autism and/or communication & interaction difficulties. The key is that they will all want to get a job.

Why are we doing it?

We are already passionate about offering the best possible life and work opportunities for as many young disabled people as possible - a Free School will allow us to expand our work in a really exciting way.

A Free School will allow us to shape the whole educational environment, especially the curriculum which while delivering maths and english will also allow us to deliver employability, life-skills and independence to students that are often poorly supported in our education system.

If we are successful with our application we are hoping to open the school to students in September 2019.

For more information or to discuss please contact our CEO Graham Duncan on gduncan@actionforkids.org