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.


Additional accommodation at Alderman Knight Community Special School in Tewkesbury

There is an increasing demand in Gloucestershire for special school places, which means these children sometimes have to go to schools out of the county or to independent schools when there aren’t places available locally.

The county council, with the support of Alderman Knight School, want to expand this provision to make sure more children have the opportunity to go to school close to where they live and to ensure the places are available where there is the most demand. Read more. 


Additional accommodation for Belmont Special School in Cheltenham

Plans are underway to provide the children and young people who attend this popular special school with some additional classroom accommodation. Read more.


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