Isle of Wight SEND Free School

We are excited to promote a new Special educational needs and disabilities ( SEND ) Free School. 

We were successful with our bid to the Department for Education Wave 3 Free Schools.

Details about the new SEND Free School:

  • It is planned to open in the academic year 2025/26.
  • The SEND School is proposed to provide 75 places.
  • These places will be for pupils aged 9 to16 years with a diagnosis of:
    • Social, emotional & mental health difficulties (SEMH), and/or
    •  Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).
  • The SEND School will be located in Carisbrooke, Newport, IOW.

Background Information 

The downloadable documents will provide you with the background information to Isle of Wight Special Free School bid.

Stakeholder event registration

We would like to welcome applications from interested Academy Trusts. We are asking any Trusts to apply if you would like to lead this school and work with the local authority.

If you are interested then please attend our stakeholder event. The event will provide details on how to apply and what will be involved and expected to be achieved if you are successful.

Details: IOW SEND Free School Virtual Stakeholder Event, will be delivered in Microsoft Teams.

Date: 19 June 2023. 

Registration Deadline: Please complete the registration form by 1 June 2023 to confirm your attendance.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion. Contact Jade Kennett, Strategic Development Officer by email: