Intention to establish a new Special School in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire County Council intends to initiate a free school presumption competition process in September 2019 when it will formally invite academy trusts to apply to run a secondary aged special school for children and young people aged 11 -16 with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs.
The need for further special school places of this type is set out in Gloucestershire’s draft SEND Commissioning Strategy 2019-2024 and is intended to meet the shortfall of spaces available to meet the current demand. Increasing the number of places in the area will reduce the need to commission placements in the independent sector which are often some distance from where children and young people live and at considerable cost.
Gloucestershire’s draft SEND Commissioning Strategy 2019-2024:
Work is underway to secure a suitable site for a new purpose built school and it is anticipated that the school will be ready to take children on roll during the academic year 2021-2022. Further information will be available in September 2019 when the process is formally initiated.
Nathan Roe, Education Planning Manager, Gloucestershire County Council.