(UK) "Growing demand" results in "400 new special school places across Essex"

Oct 21, 2017, Essex, England, Gazette News: Lexden Springs Special School to get multi-million pound overhaul Parents and residents are being encouraged to have their say on plans for the relocation and expansion of Lexden Springs School. … The proposals would increase the school’s capacity from 120 pupils to 200…. “Projects such as this one are crucial in ensuring we have sufficient special school places available in Essex and I would encourage parents and residents to have their say before our plans are submitted.” The plans are part of the authority’s plans to spend up to £115 million on creating more than 400 new special school places across Essex. The record investment, which includes £42 million from the Essex Schools Forum, comes after an increase in the number of youngster in the county being diagnosed with autism and amid a growing demand for special school places.