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(UK) Greenwich: Schools expect 100 MORE students with ASD over next 5 years

Aug 2, 2018, This is local London: Planned U-turn on Boxgrove Primary School expansion to be reconsidered http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/16394501.planned-u-turn-on-boxgrove-primary-school-expansion-to-be-reconsidered/ Plans to halt the expansion of a primary school in Abbey Wood will be brought back to the table next week after councillors expressed concerns. Last month, Greenwich Council’s cabinet agreed to consult on putting a stop to the expansion of Boxgrove Primary School, in Boxgrove Road, which was first agreed in 2013. Council officers said the £4m expansion was no longer needed because the demand for primary school places was not as great as it was first expected. The first phase of the school’s expansion was completed last year, but officers said the bigger phase two should be cancelled. Instead, it was proposed a consultation be launched to open a specialist provision at the school for children with autism, in light of growing pressure for specialist spots. Councillor Linda Bird, seconded by Cllr Peter Brooks, have now ‘called in’ the decisions, meaning the proposals will be reconsidered at a special meeting next week. In their call-in, the councillors said there has been “inadequate consultation” over the council’s programme to deliver school places across the borough. … “Greenwich is experiencing a rising demand for SEND provision across the borough, particularly to meet the needs of those pupils with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis.” Over the next five years it’s expected that about 100 additional school places will be needed to cope with rising numbers of pupils with autism.