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(UK) Chester to open new special school; 75 places for kids with autism/behavior concerns

June 24, 2020, Chester Standard: New special needs school to open in Chester city centre this autumn https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/18539148.new-special-needs-school-open-chester-city-centre-autumn/ A NEW school and centre of excellence for special educational needs and disability (SEND) in the UK is to open in the heart of Chester. Based in a Grade II*-listed building in the historic Abbey Square, Abbey School for Exceptional Children, is due to open in autumn 2020. The day and residential school will have up to 75 places for children and young persons aged four to 19 years. It will cater for pupils with a diagnosis of autism and/or severe learning difficulties, who may display behaviour of concern or behaviour that challenges families and services…. The school is investing over £1 million [$1.2M U.S.] in research, development, evaluation, and training - working closely with the universities…. Dr Katy Lee, Abbey School principal, said: “We are creating a centre of excellence, where every seed of potential is identified and nourished, where every exceptional child is engaged and important, and ultimately, a place where all school users are able to thrive…. “Abbey’s innovative programme offers an unprecedented opportunity to work across organisations to combine learnings from globally relevant research coupled with the real world experiences of pupils and school users as we work in partnership to create new approaches to ensure the best possible educational experience.”…