(UK) Essex: 400 special needs places planned across England; "growing demand" for places

Nov 3, 2017, UK Echo: £15.5m special needs school unveiled A special needs school will officially open on its multimillion pound new site next week. Glenwood School, in Thundersley, has moved to a new state-of-the-art two-storey building on the former Montgomerie Infant School site next to its original home in Rushbottom Lane. The £15.5million project has increased the school’s capacity from 150 pupils to 210 pupils. The scheme is the first part of Essex County Council’s plans to spend up to £115million on creating more than 400 new special school places across the county. The record investment, which includes £42million from the Essex Schools Forum, comes following an increase in the number of young people in the county being diagnosed with autism and amid a growing demand for special school places.