Mar 14, 2019, Dorset Echo: New special free school for Dorset backed by government https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17498575.new-special-free-school-for-dorset-backed-by-government/ …Local authorities were invited to bid for a new school and Dorset was one of six successful councils in the south west. The special free school will support up to 75 young people aged 14-19 with autism and complex learning difficulties. Andrew Reid, Dorset County Council’s Assistant Director for Schools and Learning, said: “This is fantastic news. We want to provide more specialist provision here in Dorset, as there are a lot of young people who currently have to travel outside of the county to receive the support they need. The new school will mean pupils spend less time travelling and will be educated closer to their families and local communities. "It will also mean that we won’t have to rely as much on independent placements, which will help ease some of the pressure on schools’ high needs funding. … A new special school is also due to open in Bovington this September. Funded by the Department for Education, it will provide places for another 160 children with autism, as well as social emotional and mental health needs. The school will support pupils from Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.