Proposal to establish a new Communication and Interaction (ASD) special school

The Council is inviting expressions of interest from Academy Proposers interested in sponsoring a new 80 place Communication & Interaction (ASD) special school from August 2020 to serve Leicestershire.

The closing date for applications was 12 noon on Monday 29 April 2019.

Key documents


Invitations for expressions of interest publishedMonday 11 March 2019
Design and planning phase for new schoolMarch 2019 onwards
Closing date12 noon on Monday 29 April 2019
DfE input to shortlistingMonday 29 April 2019 - Friday 24 May 2019
Stage 1: shortlisting of applicationsMonday 29 April 2019 - Friday 24 May 2019
Stage 2: detailed assessment (including presentation by and interview of shortlisted Proposers)Tuesday 28 May 2019 – Friday 14 June 2019
Visits to Academiesw/c Monday 17 June 2019
Decision taken by Director of C&FS and Cabinet lead member on preferred Academy ProposerTuesday 2 July 2019
County Councils submission of applications to the RSC for a decisionWednesday 10 July 2019
Secretary of State approval.
The RSC will notify the preferred provider
Expected September 2019
The Council will advise unsuccessful sponsorsExpected September 2019
Statutory consultation (required under S10 of the Academies Act 2010)To be confirmed
Identified Academy trust to enter into funding agreement with the Secretary of StateTo be confirmed
Construction and pre-opening phase for new schoolJuly 2019 – August 2020
New school opensExpected Wednesday 26 August 2020