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(UK) Chester: New special school for kids with ASD opened

Updated: Jan 21

January 15, 2021, BDaily: Cheshire leaders voice their support for new centre of educational excellence in Chester (West central England) https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2021/01/15/cheshire-leaders-voice-their-support-for-new-centre-of-educational-excellence-in-chester Dean of Chester, the Venerable Dr Tim Stratford has joined city leaders in celebrating the launch of a new world-class centre of excellence for children with Special Educational Needs in Chester. Abbey School for Exceptional Children, a day and residential school that caters for children and young persons aged four to 19 years with a diagnosis of autism and/or severe learning difficulties, opened this academic year. The state-of-the-art school is based in a Grade II* listed building in the grounds of Chester Cathedral that has been transformed following a sensitive refurbishment. Over 200 new jobs are being created by the school, which is staffed by a highly trained multi-disciplinary team…. …We’re delighted to have Abbey School based with Chester Cathedral’s grounds and look forward to seeing the school grow and thrive.”… Dr Katy Lee, Principal of Abbey School, said: “We’re thrilled to have successfully launched the school and to be offering a truly world-class educational resource for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and autism both across the region and from further afield…. “Chester’s leaders and the wider community have really welcomed the school and supported us as we worked to bring this outstanding facility from vision to reality and we’re delighted to be a part of the city, and to have Chester recognised as a location with a nationally relevant SEND offering.”…