May 24, 2023, Stray Ferret: New school for autistic children planned in Harrogate https://thestrayferret.co.uk/new-school-for-autistic-children-planned-in-harrogate/
North Yorkshire Council has revealed plans to open a school for autistic children on the site of the former Woodfield Community Primary School….
A council report prepared for a meeting next week recommends consulting on plans to re-open the school in September next year.
The school would cater for up to 80 students with autism aged 11 to 19. A total of £3.5 million [$4.3M] would be spent on upgrading the site.
The report says there is “no short to medium-term need to re-establish additional mainstream places in Woodfield” but the number of young people with identified SEND and an EHCP has increased by over 110% in North Yorkshire since 2016. It adds: “The site at Woodfield offers the opportunity to create this provision and give this group of children access to suitable peer groups and academic challenge in order to reach their aspirations….
Councillors will vote next week on whether to accept the recommendation and begin consulting on the plans.