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(UK) W. Cumbria to open new autism school with 56 places

Jan 30, 2019, Cumberland News: Funding agreed for new autism school https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/17393060.funding-agreed-for-new-autism-school/ PLANS to open a new school to support autistic children in West Cumbria are taking a step forward. The Secretary of State for Education has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with The Cumbria Academy for Autism Trust, which is in the process of building the Cumbria Academy for Autism in Lillyhall, Workington. The special free school will have 56 places for children aged four to 19. Mark Taylor, acting regional head at Lancashire West Yorkshire & North unit's free schools directorate, said: "I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the great commitment and energy which you and your colleagues have shown in reaching this point. Free schools form an integral part of the Government’s education policy to improve choice and drive up standards in schools. I am therefore delighted Cumbria Academy for Autism will bring new opportunities for children in Cumbria." Workington MP Sue Hayman said the school would bridge the gap in autism education between existing schools for children