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Brook Academy: an SEMH special school for children and young people aged 11–16 yrs

Gloucestershire County Council has a duty to ensure there are sufficient 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. When we don't have enough special school places locally to meet demand, some children attend special schools outside of the county or go to independent schools to have their needs met. This often results in increased journey times and additional costs.

Therefore, we established Brook Academy, a new 80-place special school for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, which opened in September 2022. While focusing on SEMH needs, the school will also support children with autism and speech, language and communication needs.  

The need for a new school of this type is underpinned by Gloucestershire’s SEND Strategy 2022-2025 and SEND Commissioning Strategy 2019-2024.

Gloucestershire County Council provided funding to meet the £9.5m capital build costs and delivered a modern and carefully designed building for the school, which is run by Learn@ Multi Academy Trust. Many of the school’s facilities are available for community use.

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

Please also see the information published on the school's website.

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