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(UK) Bath: Two new special schools to be built

June 7, 2024, BBC News: Two new schools set to be built in city for SEND children

Two new schools, which will provide a specialist learning environment for children with additional needs, could be built in Bath.

Under the plans, a new special school and an alternative provision school for vulnerable pupils at risk of permanent exclusion will be created.

The new schools are planned to be built at the vacant Bath Community Academy, formerly known as Culverhay School, which closed six years ago.

The Department for Education (DoE) will fund and build both schools, and Bath and North East Somerset Council's cabinet is set to approve the use of the Rush Hill site at a meeting on 6 June.

The land has been held for educational use since the academy closed in 2018, which a report stated had cost the council a net £158,000 [$200K] in 2023. . . .

Construction of the two new schools would begin later that year. . . .

 “Having a new free special school in our area will provide a specialist and specific learning environment for children with special educational needs and disabilities. . . .

"The alternative provision school will offer high-quality educational and vocational opportunities for young people who have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded," he said.


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