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(UK) Denbighshire: Autism school for 220 planned; former school 'full to the brim'

April 14, 2022, N Wales Daily Post: Plans for £24m [$31M] purpose-built school for kids with autism moves a step closer

Central England

Denbighshire Council's cabinet supported scheme to house Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn on one site and increase its capacity to 220 pupils

Plans to build a £23.8 million purpose-built school for children with autism look set to go ahead. Denbighshire County Council cabinet members agreed on the proposals that would see Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn increase capacity from 116 to 220 pupils

The Denbigh school is currently spread across four separate sites, but the new purpose-built school would bring three of the four sites together at one location. The current capacity at the school is 116, but the school has 136 pupils and 10 children on a waiting list - and a further 10 awaiting assessment for a place at the school....

Councillors heard how the Welsh Government would fund 75% of the cost of the new £23.8 million building as there is a growing need for special schools. The council will now submit its strategic outline case to the Welsh Government and commence its consultation process. Cllr Hugh Hilditch-Roberts is the cabinet member for education and explained why the new school building was needed. “Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn is full to the brim, and they have not got the space to deliver what is needed for the children of Denbighshire and outside the area,” he said. “Predominantly this increase (in capacity) will be servicing the children of Denbighshire.

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn


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