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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.


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.

The number of places at the school will increase by 30 in total from 178 to 208; increasing by 20 places this year and by a further 10 places from September 2021.

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.

Any comments or questions can be raised by e-mailing: AKSproposals@gloucestershire.gov.uk or by calling Nathan Roe, Education Planning Manager on: 01452 427262


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. Early in 2020 Gloucestershire County Council began working closely with the governors over the design and location for some additional classroom space. The school is one of the academies in the Supporting Achievement and Nurturing Development (SAND) Multi Academy Trust and has the capacity to support 156 children and young people with complex special educational needs and disabilities. Typically the pupils who attend the school have Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) but over time the school has admitted pupils with additional and more complex needs and additional space is required for more individualised intervention work.

The additional accommodation will be ready for the pupils to move in to in September 2021 and is funded from the commitment made by Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet members in June 2020 to allocate an additional £3m to improve facilities in Gloucestershire’s special schools.

Planning approval is required for this work and detailed plans will be submitted in the autumn of 2021 in order to seek planning consent. The school will arrange for local residents and other interested stakeholders to engage with the plans ahead of the application for planning consent and there is the opportunity for formal comment as part of the planning application process.

Who can I contact if I would like to ask a question about this project?

Any comments or questions can be raised by e-mailing: belmontcapitalimprovements@gloucestershire.gov.uk or by calling Nathan Roe, Education Planning Manager on: 01452 427262.



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