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(UK) Chipping Barnet: New autism school approved; 90 students by 2026

Mar 24, 2022, Times Series: School for pupils with special needs to be built in Chipping Barnet

N. London

A plan to create a new school in Chipping Barnet for pupils with special educational needs has been approved by councillors. The Windmill School in Moxon Street will be a free school for pupils aged between five and 18 years with a diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder and an education, health and care plan (EHCP). Due to open in September next year with an initial capacity of 23 pupils, rising to 90 by 2026, it will be the only autism-specific maintained school in Barnet. The plans involve demolishing part of the existing building, which is currently used for storage and distribution, and several alterations and extensions to create the school. A multi-use games area and sensory garden will be created on the roof of the building. There is a growing need in Barnet for special educational needs and disabilities places at both primary and secondary level, particularly for those with autism. The plans were presented to Barnet Council’s strategic planning committee on Wednesday (March 23). During a prior public consultation on the scheme, the council received ten objections and five letters of support.... He told councillors the school would provide "an autism-specific, predictable and purposeful learning environment in which pupils can thrive, and where they will have the best chance of achieving academic success and personal growth".

The school will be built at 50 Moxon Street


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