The National Autistic Society has been running schools for children on the autism spectrum for over 50 years. We have always recognised, however, that the demand for autism-specific education outstripped our ability to supply it so when the Government introduced the free schools strategy, we recognised that here was an opportunity to develop additional autism-specific provision.

Our first free school, Thames Valley School in Reading, opened in September 2013 and our second, Church Lawton School, opened in Cheshire in January 2015. Most recently, we had our brand new Vanguard School open in January 2020 for autistic students in Lambeth, South London. We now also have agreement from the Department for Education to develop a new free school in Lambeth (opening in the next academic year). These schools provide wonderful opportunities to address the needs of children on the autism spectrum and to transform not only their lives but also those of their families.

While The National Autistic Society is acting as the sponsor, free schools are state funded and The National Autistic Society cannot benefit financially. Accordingly, a separate Trust has been established – the NAS Academies Trust – and it is this body that owns and manages the free schools. As you would expect, the NASAT will reflect the vision and mission of The National Autistic Society, aiming to deliver an outstanding education to children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Annual reports and financial statements 

Download our report for year ended 31 August 2015

Download our report for year ended 31 August 2016

Download our report for year ended 31 August 2017

Download our report for year ended 31 August 2018

Download our report for year ended 31 August 2019

NAS Academies Trust is a network of free schools and academies. A company limited by guarantee in England (No 7954396).


Read about our:

Download NASAT Governance Plan and Scheme of Delegation

or contact the NAS Academies Trust

NAS Academies Trust
391-393 City Road

Tel: 020 7833 2299