Dec 13, 2018, Blackpool Gazette: 'New Blackpool school due to open in 2020 will save up to £50k [$63K US dollars] per pupil' https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/education/new-blackpool-school-due-to-open-in-2020-will-save-up-to-50k-per-pupil-1-9491862 A new school to be built in Blackpool has been granted planning permission. A new school to be built in Blackpool has been granted planning permission. The scheme for the 48-place Lotus School on Langdale Road, Mereside, will cater for children with special needs and is due to open in 2020. It will mean youngsters can attend lessons closer to home, improving their educational chances Currently Blackpool does not have specialist provision for pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, with children transported instead to 16 independent special schools outside the town. Around 66 pupils commute for 40 to 50 minutes each way every day, costing the council between £23,000 [$29K US] and £50,000-a-year each. By contrast, the annual cost of each place in the new school is expected to be around £22,000 [$28K US]. The number of children needing special places is expected to grow to 825 by 2020, compared to 513 in 2012.