(UK) Dorset to get one of 39 NEW AUTISM SCHOOLS; 'FANTASTIC NEWS'

Updated: Apr 20, 2019

Mar 28, 2019, Dorset Daily Echo: New special school for teenagers to be built in Dorset A NEW special school will be built in Dorset to support teenagers with autism and complex learning difficulties. Dorset County Council has made a successful bid for funding to the Department for Education(DfE). … The council made the bid after ministers announced funding for 39 new schools across the country to create an extra 3,500 places for pupils with complex needs such as autism, severe learning difficulties, mental health conditions and those at risk of being excluded from mainstream schools. The new school will have around 75 pupils aged between 14 and 19. 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. … This latest announcement builds on the county council’s plan to provide more support for children with complex communication needs. Last year, the council committed to invest more than £2million – plus a £1m grant from central government – to create a number of specialist bases in mainstream schools. A new special school is also due to open in Bovington this September. Funded by the DfE, it will provide places for another 160 children with autism, as well as social, emotional and mental health needs. …