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(UK) Bath: $2.9M 'much-needed' complex needs/autism school for 120 expands

April 19, 2022, Bath Echo: £2.2m [$2.9M] redevelopment sees Bath school expand to support more children

SW England More vulnerable children and young people in Bath will be able to receive the education and support they need thanks to a £2.2 million redevelopment at Aspire Academy in Bath. The school has been expanded and refurbished so it can offer places for up to 120 pupils, aged four to 19, who have complex needs.... The increased range of opportunities will prove beneficial for the students, many of whom have challenging backgrounds that have led to negative experiences of education.... The expansion of Aspire Academy, which is run by the academy trust Futura Learning Partnership, was funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council and approved by the Regional Schools Commissioner. The redevelopment project was led by Tim Howes, the trust’s chief operating officer, and Julie Dyer, the trust’s executive lead for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), with site supervisor Gerry Mitchell.... Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Futura Learning Partnership, said: “This is a much-needed provision for children and young people experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties and other conditions such as autism. ... “From September 2022, the school will be able to offer 120 places. “We are grateful to the staff and pupils for their fortitude during the building process and we are delighted that they are rewarded with these fantastic, state-of-the-art facilities that will support these children’s engagement with education and help to prepare them for a successful adult life.”


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