Special free school: Secondary

New school to open in Salford

The Department for Education have approved the opening of Acorn Academy. The new school, which has been set up by Kings Academy Trust, is expected to open in Salford in September 2024.

The free school joins 36 other alternative provision and special free schools announced to open. The school will be a 50 place secondary school for children with autistic spectrum conditions and complex social and emotional mental health.

CEO Mrs Nicholson, who has spearheaded the Acorn Academy project team, said:

“We are very excited to be involved in this project. It is a crucial step forward for Salford in providing a range of special school provision for our most disadvantaged pupils. We want to ensure we create a centre of excellence and a school that is going to be crucial in delivering support and high quality education to children and families.”

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:

“I am delighted Acorn Academy has been approved to open, joining 36 other special and alternative provision free schools that were approved today. These new schools will offer some of our most vulnerable young people, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, the opportunity to access a high quality education that is tailored to their needs.

Special and alternative provision free schools are among the most innovative and successful providers, and it is fantastic news for local families that they will be able to access this provision. On behalf of the entire team at New Schools Network, I pay tribute to Kings Academy Trust for their tireless work throughout the application phase. We look forward to supporting this cohort of 37 free schools as they prepare to open.”

Interested parents can find out more on Kings Academy Trust website.

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