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(UK) Hertfordshire: New $17.9M special school; part of $57M investment in SPED

Oct 23, 2022, Hertfordshire Council: SEND students get a sneak peek at their school of the future

A £15.8m [$17.9M] project to build a new state-of-the-art school for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is taking shape within the grounds of the existing Valley School in Stevenage.

On Monday 17 October, selected pupils from the Valley School joined county councillors and project officers to get up close to the construction of their new school – which is due to be completed in the Autumn term next year (October 2023).

This substantial development forms part of Hertfordshire County Council’s planned investment in SEND, which equates to more than £50m [$57M] over the next three years….

We have used the opportunity of the new build to increase the number of places available, helping us to meet the increasing need for special education in Hertfordshire and make sure that children and young people are receiving the right support, at the right time, in the right place. It’s a fantastic investment for the young people of Hertfordshire and I pay my thanks to everyone who has been involved.”…

“It’s really exciting for the students and the whole of the school community. As the head teacher it is amazing that we will be able to complement our high-quality teaching with a learning environment that our young people can really enjoy. It is very special. This is giving the students, teachers and support staff the best of the best and they absolutely deserve it!” The Valley School buildings had originally been designed to be used by a mainstream secondary school, which then became a SEND school in 1991….


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