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(UK) Eastbourne to get new autism school; plans for more special needs kids

Feb 27, 2020, Eastbourne Herald: New Eastbourne special school given green light https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/education/new-eastbourne-special-school-given-green-light-2001794 On Tuesday (February 25), Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee approved proposals to build a new Special Educational Needs school on land adjacent to Broadwater Way in Hampden Park. To be known as Summerdown School, it would provide spaces for up to 135 to pupils with both a diagnosis of autism as well as complex learning and medical needs. Both currently have limited spaces in Eastbourne and East Sussex as a whole. … Once open, the school is expected to provide education for up to 84 children between the ages of 5 and 16 with a diagnosis of autism. The site would also include a separate centre (to be called the Southfield Centre), for up to 51 learners with complex learning and medical needs, bringing the potential total number of pupils up to 135…