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 have increased the capacity of other special schools in the county where we can and a new special school for children and young people aged 11 – 16 years (Brook Academy) is opening in September 2022. However, we anticipate that there will continue to be a shortfall in the number of special school places required in coming years. Subject to securing the necessary further approvals it is the council’s intention 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 for this purpose and to work with the Schools Commissioner for the South West to identify a suitable academy trust to run the school.

There was extensive engagement over this proposal during March and April 2022 and a high level 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.

The free school presumption process launches on Thursday 26 May 2022, with a closing date for applications of 12pm on Monday 27 June 2022. The specification document can be viewed in full.

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