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(UK) Bracknell: New special school; councilors: 'delighted,' 'really happy,' 'great news'

Sept 22, 2023, Bracknell News: Crowthorne special needs school ‘step in the right directionhttps://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/23805504.crowthorne-special-needs-school-step-right-direction/

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Plans to build a school in Crowthorne for children with autism are a “step in the right direction,” Bracknell Forest’s councillor in charge of education has said….

Councillor Roy Bailey, responsible for children, young people and learning, said: “I’m delighted that we’re moving forward with this. It is, I think, in the right place with the right facilities.

“I’m really happy that this is happening, and I think the response locally has been very encouraging.”

He added: “I think this is very definitely a step in the right direction and I’m delighted that it’s going to happen.”

Councillor Paul Bidwell also welcomed the scheme – but asked whether there were other plans to provide school spaces for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) before the school at Bucklers Park is built.

He said: “It’s great news that we’re getting that provision in the borough. But can you shed light on whether the investment will still be put forward for SEND facilities within existing schools? It’s a long time until 2026 and clearly the need is probably greater than the capacity of that one establishment.”

Senior council officer Grainne Siggins, Executive Director for People, said the council was still looking at other projects it could fund in the meantime.


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