top of page

(UK) Hertfordshire: New special school for 210; 'We are facing an increased demand'

May 24, 2022, Watford Observer: Breakspeare School move to Croxley Green agreed

Near London

The go-ahead has been given to move and expand a special needs school to meet an "urgent demand" for places.

Breakspeare School is set to relocate from Abbots Langley to Croxley Green with the new site offering 210 places….

Hertfordshire County Council says the existing site in Gallows Hill Lane is not large enough to increase capacity. Breakspeare School currently offers 97 places.

The move was given the green light by the council’s Cabinet on Monday. If a planning application, which is due to be determined by the county council, is granted, the new school is set to open in January 2024.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for education, libraries and lifelong learning, said: “We are facing an increased demand for places for children aged two to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

“This development will mean we can provide more places to more children and young people in a safe environment where they can thrive….

Elsewhere, the council has announced Garston Manor School in Horseshoe Lane has offered places to 13 extra children with learning difficulties.

A new block has been created featuring new classrooms, group rooms and toilets.

The council has also agreed to consult on proposals to create nine primary specialist resource centres for youngsters with social communication difficulties, including autism, in addition to children with severe speech disorders and developmental language disorder.

There are currently speech, language, and communication needs bases attached to mainstream schools but the new centres aim to allows pupils to access a mainstream curriculum, balanced with a safe space to be in.

The parcel of land in Croxley Green identified for the relocated school. Credit: Google Maps


bottom of page