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(UK) Croydon: Possible $1.6M special school; numbers may grow in coming years

Oct 18, 2022, Sutton and Croydon Guardian: Plans submitted for new Thornton Heath school in warehouse

S. London

A derelict warehouse in Thornton Heath could soon be transformed into a new school. Plans have been submitted to build a special needs school off Bensham Manor Road in a warehouse bordering train tracks.

A Zoopla listing shows the site has been sold, subject to contract, for around £1.4 million [$1.6M]….

The planning application reads: “This is to be a purpose-built SEN School in Thornton Heath within easy access to and from Croydon town centre, addressing the limited amount of SEN schools available to the local community.

“It is also expected that Croydon Council and adjacent local boroughs will be able to make referrals and send potential students to the proposed The Bridge SEN School for their education and health care needs and associated recreational and training requirements for students with SEN needs.

“The local authorities are expected to have several student referrals who have special education needs, and the numbers of potential students may grow in the coming years as ‘The Bridge SEN School’ aims to continue to improve its facilities.”

The plans say the school would be “car free” with just two parking spaces provided for visitors…..

The empty warehouse that could be turned into a special needs school taken from the planning portal (photo: Right Support Management)


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