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(UK) Gloucestershire: New 60 place special school planned; part of $1.8M funding

June 21, 2022, Gloucestershire Live: New Gloucestershire primary school and more spaces for students set for sign-off https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/new-gloucestershire-primary-school-more-7233102

SE England A new 60-place primary special school could be given the financial sign-off when civic chiefs meet today. Funding for the new school is one of several initiatives that could benefit from an extra £1.5m [$1.8M] in funding.

Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet is set to meet on Wednesday June 22 and to approve the additional funding for schools. It could mean good news for parents, teachers and pupils across the education sector. Should the green light be given, there will be improvements for a number of schools across the county with extra places for some students in the county.

If approved, the new special school in Stroud will support 60 children aged four to 11 with moderate and additional learning difficulties in the school building formerly occupied by Severn View Primary Academy. The planned opening date is the start of the next academic year in September 2023. There is an increasing demand in Gloucestershire for special school places, which means children sometimes go to schools out of the county or to independent school when there aren’t places available. The council wants to expand provision in county to make sure more children can go to school close to where they live and that specialist places are available where there is the most demand. Twyning Primary School will be expanded to increase its overall capacity by 35 places to meet the increased demand for places within the village from September 2024. Bettridge Special School requires some remodelling and refurbishment of some of its classrooms to meet the needs of children attending the school.