New special school gets the go ahead
The new £9.75 million carbon-neutral special school for 11 to 16 year olds has been granted planning permission.
The new school is due to open in September 2022 on Mill Lane in Brockworth. It will mainly cater for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, but will also support children with autism and speech, language and communication needs.
The new school will have 75 places for girls and boys aged 11 to 16, who currently have to travel to schools out of county or to independent schools to meet their specific needs. It is estimated this will save the council almost £2 million per year in placement and transport costs, and it will mean that these children can access the education they need closer to home.
Chris Spencer, director of children’s services at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that this new special school has been given the go ahead and we can start providing more of these much-needed places to help children and young people reach their full potential.”
The school will be run by the Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust, which has extensive experience in supporting children with these specific special needs and delivering high quality inclusive education.
Peter Evans, Chief Executive Officer at Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust, added: “We are so pleased that planning has been granted for this much needed special school in Brockworth. We look forward to working further with Gloucestershire County Council and the local community to bring this project to a conclusion and hope to welcome young people to the school in September 2022. We believe that every young person deserves the best and believe that this school will be an inspirational place for young people to learn and develop to reach their potential.”
Plans for the new school include making the facilities available for community use outside of school hours. The Brockworth Sports Foundation will be leasing the Sports England standard facilities, which will mean greater access and improved facilities for the local community.
For more information and frequently asked questions about the new school visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/new-special-school