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(UK) W. Cumbria: New head for autism school: 'I'm absolutely delighted...'

April 30, 2023, Workington Times and Star: Workington's Cumbria Academy for Autism appoints new head

W. coast of England

A specialist school in west Cumbria has recently appointed a new head of school. The Cumbria Academy for Autism based in Workington now has a new head, Kara Smallman.

The academy offers opportunities to children and young people with autism in West Cumbria. … The academy explains on their website that they want to give all the children an opportunity to reach their full potential in life by preparing them for adulthood, so they may lead fulfilled happy, and purposeful lives.

Kara Smallman, the newly appointed headteacher at the Cumbria Academy for Autism said: "We've been through a recruitment process for a new head of school with Chris Williams who is our executive headteacher at the minute.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been appointed, the interview was robust and challenging. …

John Moffatt, chair of trustees, added: "We're delighted that after a rigorous interview process, we've managed to appoint Kara Smallman as our head of school.

"Kara's got a lot of experience in the SEND environment and we look forward to having her drive the standards of the school.

"The school opened in 2019 as a free school and we've had a major restructure of our leadership team in the last six months and at the moment we are waiting for OFSTED."

Head of school Kara Smallman (Image: Lorna Preston)


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