Government supports provision of new special free school for South Gloucestershire

July 31 2017

A NEW special free school will be provided in South Gloucestershire after the Government announced it would fund its construction.

A NEW special free school will be provided in South Gloucestershire after the Government announced it would fund its construction.

There will now be a four-month process involving organisations interested in running the new school to submit their plans.

The school will be for children with severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties. 

It is proposed that it will become a centre of excellence, giving schooling to as many as 112 pupils from nursery age to post-16 youngsters.

South Gloucestershire Council was approved for the school because of the continuing growing demand on its existing specialist education services.

Significant numbers of children with learning disabilities are required to travel some distance to schools and services outside the district and the new school will help local families find a place closer to home.

Plans submitted by potential operators will be assessed by the council and the Department for Education, with the preferred option passed to the Education Secretary for approval.