Welcome to The Cavendish School

Opening in Autumn 2021 on the outskirts of Cambridge, The Cavendish School will be the world’s first International Baccalaureate (IB) special autism school and Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for young people with autism.

The Cavendish School will provide the unique educational environment that young people with autism need to thrive and succeed when their needs cannot be met in a mainstream school. Our vision is to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which students can enjoy learning, achieve their potential and develop the key skills they need to thrive as independent, emotionally and socially confident young adults.

Initially the school will admit students into Year 7 from September 2021 and then from Years 3 - 6 from January 2022. Our curriculum and teaching methodology will support each individual student, through a range of dedicated programmes that will build on their skills, and allow them to achieve, make progress and experience success.

Download a copy of The Cavendish School brochure here.

Our Chair of Governors, Julie Bailey, is also a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Education within the University of Cambridge. Visit our Autism Education Network page to listen to informative Q&A videos where Julie speaks with a number of experts in the field of autism.

Support us

This December, we are asking local businesses and people to help transform the learning of our students by financially or physically donating much-needed sensory equipment, classroom furniture and learning aids. Your donations, no matter how big or small, will help us to provide the safe, nurturing environment to ensure our students thrive and flourish into independent, happy adults in their local community. 

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