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(UK) Blackpool to have NEW special school for 48 kids with social/emotional/ mental health issues

June 4, 2019, Blackpool Gazette: Work to start this month on Blackpool's special Lotus school https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/business/work-to-start-this-month-on-blackpool-s-special-lotus-school-1-9802328 Work is due to start this month on the second of two Blackpool school projects worth together more than £5m. Bamber Bridge-based Eric Wright Construction’s Special Projects division has been commissioned by Blackpool Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to build two new school facilities. … Eric Wright’s Special Project team has also been awarded the contract to deliver the new 48 pupil Lotus School, which is designed for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. … The school is designed to save the authority hundreds of thousands of pounds a year which is currently spent on sending challenging pupils to schools outside the borough. Blackpool does not currently have specialist provision for SEMH pupils, with youngsters transported instead to 16 independent special schools outside the town. … Councillor Kath Benson, Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration said: "The brand new, purpose-built facility will provide high-quality care and education for the growing number of children in our town who have special educational needs, closer to their homes. … … “The delivery of these two new school projects continues our long association with Blackpool and we are proud to be appointed to deliver these new facilities for the local community….