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(UK) Glastonbury: Council approves high needs autism school

Mar 24, 2022, Somerset County Gazette: Glastonbury autism hub at St. Dunstan’s School on Cox’s Close approved

SW England

AUTISTIC young people in one part of Somerset will soon have access to a brand new facility following a decision by the county council. Somerset County Council currently operates a specialist facility for children with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) on Park Road in Frome, known as the Mendip Area Autism Base.

The council has been seeking a more central base for these services in the Mendip area, arguing the Frome centre can no longer meet pupils’ needs and that Glastonbury represents a better, more central location.

Work will soon begin to construct the new facility at St. Dunstan’s School on Cox’s Close, after plans for the new facility were approved by council officers in late January.... Lewis Andrews, the council’s commissioning and performance officer for specialist sufficiency and alternative provision, said the change would provide high-quality education for pupils while easing pressure on the council’s budgets – specifically on school transport and the high needs grant given annually by the Department for Education (DfE).

He said in his written report: “This will meet the strategy of providing good quality local school places appropriate to pupils’ needs, in order to alleviate financial pressures on high needs block of the dedicated schools grant and our school transport budget....

Entrance to St. Dunstan's School on Cox's Close in Glastonbury.


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