Council commits £3 million to supporting children in special educational schools
Three million pounds to create more special school places and better facilities for children with additional needs were part of the plans agreed by council’s cabinet today (Wednesday 17 June).
At the meeting, cabinet was asked to approve changes to the county council’s existing £100 million investment programme for schools. With an increasing need for specialist education in Gloucestershire, the council agreed that £3 million from this pot should be used to expand special schools in the county, so that more children will be able to attend a school closer to where they live.
By the end of the two year programme, there will be an extra 77 pupil places for children with special educational needs across the following schools:
- Belmont Special School in Cheltenham
- Battledown Children and Families Centre in Cheltenham
- Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury
- Paternoster Special School in Cirencester
A further £600,000 will be used to fund adjustments to mainstream schools so that children with disabilities or additional needs are able to go to their local school if they choose to.
Cabinet also approved £5 million for existing expansion projects at mainstream secondary schools. The Cotswold School and Winchcombe Secondary School will both increase their pupil places by 150. The extra money will fund measures to cut carbon emissions at the schools in line with the council’s pledge to become carbon neutral, as well as address drainage issues, archaeological work and access improvements.
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member responsible for education, commented: “I’m delighted that cabinet approved these changes today so we can continue improving schools across the county. We’re committed to making sure all children get the education they deserve, which is why we’re investing over £100 million into better facilities and more school places.”
The full list of changes approved today is available online and increases the total amount invested into schools by just under £300,000.