The school opened to the pupils on the 16th September 2019.


Our school site is on Branthwaite Road, Lillyhall, Workington, CA14 4SS.

All students attending Cumbria Academy for Autism have a primary diagnosis of Autism and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

The school has been designed to meet the needs of those autistic learners who present with high level support needs and cognitive profiles similar to that of a mainstream school. Provision has been designed to support those with a moderate learning disability through to gifted and talented learners.

Admission arrangements are being referred from the Local Education Authority to Cumbria Academy for Autism. 

The decision to refer a place to Cumbria Academy for Autism is made by Cumbria County Council’s Children’s Services Team. They liaise with the Academy and SEND experts to make their referral decision.  Cumbria Academy for Autism then assesses whether they can meet the need of the young person.

Students with Severe Learning Difficulties may require a different approach to that offered at Cumbria Academy for Autism. 

First Day Contact Procedure

  1. After all buses and parental drop offs have finished, teaching staff must have registers completed by 9.30am
  2. Office staff to produce a list of all children absent without an explanation
  3. Check with the class teacher that they are definitely absent and no message has been received from the parent - Inform Mrs Stuart (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or the Deputy Safeguarding Lead if the DSL is absent/unavailable.
  4. Send out absence reminder text
  5. If no response by 9.45am call first contact on Arbor
  6. If no response, work through each contact.
  7. If there is still no response/explanation received, with assistance from SLT, a home visit must be considered.
  8. If no response from home visit, the police should be contacted