NEW special education school to open in South Wiltshire

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Published by Ellie Harries at 11:50am 13th March 2019.

Wiltshire Council have been given £12 million to create a 150-pupil school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years.

It's not yet known where in the county the school will open, but the authority have said they plan for it to go in the south.

The school will help pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues.

Wiltshire Council has been given the money by the Department for Education, who they'll be working with to secure an academy trust and open the school by 2026.

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Wiltshire Council have been given £12 million to create a 150-pupil school for pupils aged 4 to 19 years.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services said:

"All our children and young people should have access to a good education and the support to be independent.

"I am delighted we will be able to offer our SEN pupils in the south the chance to benefit from a brand new school which will provide the building blocks for a great future."

NEED FOR EXTRA SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS PROVISION

The authority will need to provide an extra 220 school places over the next few years for SEN children.

This is due to new housing developments and the Army Basing Programme which will bring 4,000 Service Personnel to Wiltshire.

In 2018, Sarum Academy announced they would have a school building specifically for children with autism and mental health difficulties in Wiltshire.

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Springfields South in Sarum Academy

Springfields South opened in February and provides education for up to 18 primary and lower secondary age pupils.

It can cater for up to 60 pupils.

The new school will be an additional facility to meet the needs of those with special education needs in the county.

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