Antonia Evans has been appointed as head teacher of the National Autistic Society’s new Vanguard School, which is set to open in Lambeth in January 2020.
Antonia will join the autism specialist free school from Westminster University Technical College (UTC), where she is currently principal and had previously led their special educational needs provision.
The National Autistic Society’s Vanguard School is for children and young people from Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs who are on the autism spectrum – and looking to go on to further education and employment.
The school will eventually cater for up to 78 students, aged between 11 and 19. It will grow gradually, with a phased intake of students, starting with years 7 and 8.
Antonia is a passionate advocate of opportunities for all children and young people. After graduating from Keble College, Oxford, in 2010, Antonia became an English teacher.
She soon became head of English and media and then, after completing an MA in leadership at the Institute of Education, joined Westminster UTC as assistant principal. Antonia said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the National Autistic Society as head teacher of the charity’s Vanguard School.
The school is a wonderful opportunity to give local children on the autism spectrum the best possible chance in life, helping them to be as independent as possible and hopefully go on to further education or employment.”