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Frequently Asked Questions about the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust

The Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust (MAT) that enables children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve through the development of new special schools and partnerships. It was previously known as the Autism Schools Trust. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee.

Our schools are designed to be inspirational and transformational, with a broad and challenging curriculum in an environment of high expectations and close individual focus.

The Trust is led by an experienced team of people passionate about enabling education to transform the life chances of children and young people with autism. With the right levels of support and challenge at school, we know they can go on to make a successful transition to adult life.

The Trust was established to support the development of new special schools to enable children and young people with autism to learn, thrive and achieve.

The Trust was established in December 2012 as a ground-breaking collaboration between Ambitious about Autism and Dimensions, two national non-profit organisations with an excellent track record in autism provision. It was previously known as the Autism Schools Trust.

In 2017 the Trust Board made the decision to transfer the support services provided by Dimensions to Ambitious about Autism and for Ambitious about Autism to become the sole organisational member of the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust.

The Rise School was the first school set-up by the Trust in September 2014. It is a dedicated to educating pupils with autism aged 4 to 18 years old. The Rise School is located in West London on the same campus as the Springwest Academy, a thriving secondary mainstream school. Pupils attending The Rise School access the national curriculum at approximately age-appropriate levels.

The Trust is currently working with local authorities and local groups who share our commitment to developing high-quality, evidence-based schools for children with autism, to support more children with autism and grow the Trust.

We welcome opportunities and partnerships to achieve our aim of more children and young people with autism accessing high quality education and making outstanding progress.

If you are interested in working in partnership, please contact us.

The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees. Trustees have the range of skills, experience and perspectives needed to govern the organisation. Full information can be found in our Governance section.

The Trust is funded via a combination of fee income (from the Education Funding Agency and Local Authorities) and voluntary income. Ambitious about Autism provides support to the Trust. We have extensive experience of securing support from statutory, trust, corporate and community sources.

No. There are very strict rules about the governance and finances of free schools. Ambitious about Autism is a charitable organisation that does not make a profit.

We have opportunities to work directly with children and young people in our schools and colleges. There are also opportunities within the charitable activities of Ambitious about Autism. Please see our work for us section of the website for current opportunities.

We welcome conversations with organisations and individuals interested in the work of the Trust and opportunities to work in partnership. Please contact us

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