July 23, 2018, London, In Your Area: Funding approved new autism centre at Reading school https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/funding-approved-for-new-autism-centre-at-reading-school/ A Catholic school in Southcote has been given the green light for a project to double its space for special needs children. Plans to knock down a temporary teaching block and caretaker house at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School and replace it with a new autism centre have been approved by Reading Borough Council. The £1,973,684 scheme will see the school in Southcote, Reading, Berkshire open a new hub for 30 Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) children. [$2.6M US] At present, the school can take in a maximum of 15 SEND students. The current SEND students are taught in a block known as 'The Base' the name of which will be retained. … Councillors welcomed the plans, as it means fewer SEND students will have to go outside of the borough to meet their educational needs. Councillor Ashley Pearce, Reading's lead member for education, said: "The number of students in Reading with autism is higher than the national average, so this extension will help those particular students greatly. …"