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(UK) Sittingbourne: Officials 'very excited' over new autism school for 168 students

Aug 2, 2019, Kent Online: Work starts on £10m Aspire special school for Sittingbourne https://www.kentonline.co.uk/sittingbourne/news/work-starts-on-new-10m-special-needs-school-209723/ Work has begun on building a new £10m [$12M U.S.] special educational needs school in Sittingbourne. The ground-breaking ceremony was on Monday at the Aspire Free School in Vellum Drive where pupils gathered with teachers, officials, trustees and designers. … Ceranne said: “We are very excited. It has taken years to get this far. It’s a huge step forward for education and people across Kent.” The school, run by Grove Park Academies Trust, will open in 2020 with space for 168 children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other severe speech and language difficulties. … "It is a great achievement that seven years later we are seeing the start of construction of this much-needed school…. The school has been designed by architect Bond Bryan and is being built by BAM which has worked on more than 100 major projects in Kent since 1877. It recently completed four special educational needs schools in the county….