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(UK) 'Fantastic news': Kingston Council gets new SPED school for 90 students; autism places needed

Mar 12, 2019, My London: Kingston's children with autism will have a brand new special school The "fantastic news" means an end to travelling outside the borough for many children A new school for children with autism is to be built in Chessington. Kingston Council's application for a free school that will provide 90 places has been approved by The Department for Education. The number of children and young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has risen significantly, and currently some of these pupils have to travel to schools outside the borough. Councillor Diane White, portfolio holder for children's services including education at Kingston Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the borough, particularly for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, as it means we can be sure that we are offering the very best quality education and care, closer to home. "I look forward to seeing these exciting plans progress as we provide much-needed places for children and young people with ASD-specific needs." Achieving for Children, which runs the council's children's services, will hold a competition this spring to find a provider, planning to announce the successful bidder in the summer. The school is expected to open in September 2022.


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