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(UK) Cheshire: New special school for 64 to open

May 13, 2022, Cheshire Live: New special school with its own animal enclosures set to open in Cheshire

NW England A new school for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be built in Halton. The borough council’s development management committee gave the green light to proposals by the Youth Engagement School (YES) Trust for a two-storey special education needs and disability (SEND) school on Naylor Road in Widnes. Due to open in September next year, it will feature a sensory garden, animal enclosure and sports pitches. The school will be run on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and accept pupils from Halton and St Helens, who will be referred there by their respective councils.

Known as the Raise Academy, it will initially accept 50 children aged 11 to 16, but its capacity will eventually increase to 64. The Trust, which is based in Congleton, currently operates three academies in Crewe, Congleton and Macclesfield, with two more – one in Shrewsbury and Raise in Halton – in the process of being developed…. “The Raise Academy will play a significant role in developing and securing successful futures for young people aged 11-16 from the Halton and St Helens areas, so this outcome is welcomed with great optimism as we take the next steps in expanding our special education provision in the North West”….

The proposed layout of the Raise Academy in Widnes


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