New SEND free school for children with complex autism in Enfield

FAO: All Schools

In Enfield our vision is for all our children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to have high aspirations and to achieve ambitious and positive lifelong outcomes.

We have identified the need to provide additional specialist school places for children and young people aged 4-11 with Complex Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We have been successful in our application to the Department for Education (DfE) to establish a new school providing a minimum of 96 primary places.

The DfE is in the process of accepting applications for free school providers to manage this new school and will publish their 'How to Apply Guidance' on 9 May 2023. This will set out a timeline and the steps applicants need to take. Applicants will have until 31 August to make a submission.

We will be hosting engagement event(s) with prospective providers in early June as an opportunity to understand our local context and vision for supporting our children and young people. This will make sure that applicants understand how we see the new school fitting into our strategic approach to supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

We have provided the school specification and contextual information to assist applicants.

For further information on the process visit GOV.UK - Apply to open a special free school.(


Jeffrey Joib Mensah

Resources and Pupil Place Analyst