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Darlington special free school proposal

Darlington has received approval to establish a new, 48 place Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) special free school in the borough.

The Department for Education (DfE) will soon be seeking applicants to run the new special free school.

As part of the proposal we plan to hold an engagement event.

We will hold the event together with Create: Schools for prospective applicants.

Interested trusts, or other proposer groups will have the chance to learn more about the local context and SEND provision.

We will explain how the we see the new school fitting in with our strategic plans.

The DfE will publish how to apply guidance, and the school specifications on 9 May 2023.

More information

For more information read the following document.

Darlington contextual information [pdf document].

Engagement events

Engagement events for prospective providers will take place as follows:


Friday 9 June 2023

  • Time: 11:00 – 13:00
  • Follow up event on Teams for those who couldn’t attend the face to face event

Reserve a spot on 9 June 2023

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