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(UK) East Anglia: $58M for >800 new special needs school places

Oct 30, 2020, East Anglian Daily Times: Opening dates and sponsor trusts announced for Suffolk’s new SEND schools

Eastern England

Sponsor trusts have been announced for two new special schools being built in Suffolk under £45million [$58M U.S.] plans to create hundreds of new places....

It marks the latest step forward in Suffolk County Council’s £45m plan to create more than 800 new SEND school places, which includes 36 units being created at existing mainstream schools, and two other SEND schools ...Mrs Evans said the new schools will allow some of the demand on SEND places to be satisfied, and children to be educated in schools that can provide the support they need. The Bungay school is due to open in September next year. Trust bosses said they would be in a position to unveil more details over the coming weeks. The SEND schools in Bury and Woodbridge Road will both open in 2022. Tim Coulson, chief executive of Unity, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Suffolk County Council on increasing the number of places in special schools for children who need this specialist education. “We were delighted to be approved to open the new special school in Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds. “We have just opened Sir Bobby Robson School, a new special school in Ipswich, and we are very pleased with how this is already benefitting local students…. The first 10 SEND units attached to mainstream schools opened in September, and have already started paying dividends for children being taught there. Judith Mobbs, assistant director for inclusion and skills at the county council, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant the impact that they are already having. “You create a community for those SEND children rather than sending them out of the area. “We are really delighted and will be announcing the next tranche soon, but we are on track to create a significant number of additional places.”


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