New £9.75 million Gloucestershire school given the go-ahead
A special school has been given the go ahead and is set to open in Brockworth in 2022. 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.
Planning permission has been given the go ahead for the £9.75 million development.
The setting is being developed for children aged 11 to 16 years old who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
There will be 75 places at the boys and girls school in Mill Lane, and the facility will be carbon neutral as well.
The school will be used by children who have been travelling out of the county for their educational provision need.
However, the school will also cater for young people who have autism, speech, language and communication needs.
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.”
It is estimated having the new school 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.
Chief Executive Officer at Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust Peter Evans said: “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.