(UK) Hampshire County to have new SPED school with 125 places for autistic kids

Jan 28, 2019, Basingstoke Gazette: County council approves funds for two new schools As part of Hampshire County Council’s children’s services capital programme, money has been granted for the potential development of a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) school and a new primary school. … As such, the county council will allocate £33.58 million to developing schools around Hampshire. This includes a new SEND school ...offering 125 places for four-to-16-year-olds on the autistic spectrum. This new SEND school will be run by Catch 22 Multi Academies Trust, with additional funds coming from the Department for Education. Subject to any planning permission the school is set to open in 2021. … “As the school population increases, the proportion of children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) also grows. “While we are helping mainstream schools to make sure they are equipped to support children with special educational needs, there are many children whose needs are more complex and are better met in dedicated specialist provision. As part of our strategy to meet this demand, we are pleased that our bid to the Department for Education was successful, enabling us to build a new special school in Basingstoke, to be called the Austen Academy.”