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Specialist and alternative provision

Gloucestershire County Council has a duty to ensure there are enough school places within the county. Some children and young people have complex special educational needs that cannot easily be met within a mainstream school setting. We don't currently have enough special school places in Gloucestershire to meet demand so some children attend special schools out of county or go to independent schools to have their needs met. 

This page will outline the projects that are being undertaken to increase the number of special school places available in the county. 


A new social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs special school

We have identified the need to establish a new 75-place special school for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in an area within reasonable travelling distance of Gloucester and Cheltenham to open in September 2022. Read more.


Proposal to make changes to Alderman Knight Community Special School in Tewkesbury

Working in partnership with the governing body of Alderman Knight Special School, Gloucestershire County Council is proposing to make some alterations at the school to reflect the increasing demand for special school places for Gloucestershire children and to allow the school to cater for the year groups where there is the greatest level of demand for places.

It is proposed that from September 2020 the school be expanded to take up to 208 children and to alter the age range from 4-19 years to 7-19 years.

Gloucestershire County Council will be providing the school with additional facilities to accommodate the extra pupils who will join the school over the next two years and the school is working closely with the council and the architects on plans for an impressive and purpose built new building.

A copy of the statutory notice can be viewed here (a copy of the long notice is also available) along with a background information document setting out the reasons behind this proposal and what it means for the children and young people of Gloucestershire with Special Educational Needs. A four week period follows from the publication of the statutory notice for interested parties to comment or make representations regarding the proposals. A final decision will be made at the end of this four week period on the implementation of these proposals. Any comments should be received no later than 9 July 2020.


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