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(UK) Gloucestershire spending $37M on more special school places

Sept 25, 2023, BBC News: Stroud school ready to open after £1m refurbishment https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-66910097.amp
More than £1m [$1.2M] has been spent to refurbish an old primary school into a specialist facility for children....

Now called Sladewood Academy, the 60-place specialist primary school for children with moderate and additional learning difficulties….

"I am excited to begin the journey in September and see the impact that specialised settings can have in supporting all children and young people to achieve their true potential.

"We will hope to live up to our mission statement where 'Together we will thrive'," she added.

Headteacher Katy Hanna is excited to see the impact specialised settings can have supporting children

Gloucestershire County Council opened a £9.75m [$12M], secondary special school last September and has also recently announced another £16.5m [$20M] in funding for a new 200-place special school for both primary and secondary pupils to address the need for more specialist places in the county.

Councillor Philip Robinson said: "Learning should be accessible for all young people, which is why we're investing over £30m [$37M] in special school places to make sure all children can learn in an environment designed to meet their needs closer to where they live.

"It's great to see another school open in Gloucestershire as part of the council's wider plan to create more special school places in the county. I wish all the pupils starting this year well and hope they are enjoying the new facilities."


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