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A new 60 place special school: at the former Severn View Primary Academy in Stroud

A new 60 place special school in Stroud for primary aged children with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties (MALD)

In order to meet a growing demand for special school places we are planning to establish a new 60 place special school for children aged 4-11 years with Moderate and Additional Learning Difficulties (MALD) in time for the academic year 2023/24. We intend to utilise the former Severn View Primary Academy in Stroud. Through a free school presumption process held in June 2022 SAND Academy Trust have been appointed to run the new school. The specification document can be viewed in full.

There was extensive engagement over this proposal during March and April 2022 and a high level of support on the part of stakeholders to increase the number of special schools and to utilise this existing site in this way. Two informal drop in events were held in April 2022 for interested parties to meet council officers to ask questions about the proposals and a detailed background information document was available for interested parties to review before commenting on the proposal.


How can I find out more?

We have prepared answers to some frequently asked questions.


How do I secure a place for my child at the school?

The school will admit its first pupils in September 2023, and will offer 32 places in the first year in the following year groups:

  • Yr R (Reception) - 8 places
  • Yrs 1 and 2 - 8 places 
  • Yrs 3 and 4 - 16 places 

As a special school it is necessary for pupils to have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Enquiries about securing a place at the school should be made to the Gloucestershire County Council’s EHCP Casework Team by emailing or phoning by 01452 427535

Parents are also able to contact SAND Academies Trust via the email address: in order to find out more about how the school will operate and how the trust works to support children and young people with SEND. There is information available on SAND Academy Trust's webpage: Whilst it is not possible to visit the school until it is open and operational, it may be possible to arrange a visit to one of the other schools within the trust.



Who can I speak to about this project?

You can contact Nathan Roe (Education Planning Manager, Gloucestershire County Council) on:


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