The Cavendish School
The Cavendish School

Governor (young person)

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2 weeks ago





Can you help shape the future of education for autistic pupils? The Cavendish School is an exciting new school that aims to meet the needs of children and young people with autism in an innovative inclusive learning environment. 

We’re looking for someone who knows from their own experience what makes an effective learning environment for young people with autism to join The Cavendish School’s governing body from June this year. You don’t need to have been a school governor before, you just need to share our commitment to giving our pupils the best possible education and be willing to learn new skills. 

Opening on the outskirts of Cambridge this Autumn, The Cavendish School will provide the unique educational environment that young people with autism need to thrive and succeed when their needs cannot be met in a mainstream school. As well as being the world’s first IB special autism school, The Cavendish School will be Cambridgeshire’s first state maintained special free school provision for young people with autism.

As a new school, we are looking for a governing body who can support the team in developing a school community that allows its students to achieve, make progress and experience success. In this role, you will draw on your lived experience to participate in conversations and help make important decisions that will form the foundations and shape the future direction of the school.

Being a governor is a voluntary position and we are incredibly grateful to the highly skilled group of people who commit their time and expertise, allowing us to help provide our students with the skills, confidence and abilities to take their place in the world.  

How do I know if I have the skills you need?

  • Training is available in all areas of the role of governor, so you will be bringing your knowledge, experience and unique perspective as well as specific skills from your professional roles. 
  • You will need to be organised, motivated and an effective communicator as well as confident in expressing your viewpoint and willing to learn more about every aspect of autism education.

What will I gain from becoming a governor?

  • You will have the opportunity to help shape the future of autism education alongside a diverse and committed school community, making a real difference to the pupils and their families. 
  • You will learn new skills in areas such as strategic planning, financial oversight and decision-making.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at The Cavendish School, please contact 


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