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(UK) Hull: $1.9M for 4 local schools to increase SPED capacity

April 25, 2022, Hull Live: £1.5 million [$1.9M] boost for special needs education children in Hull with extra school places and new facilities

E.England Northcott Special School in Bransholme is to extend its age limit for pupils A £1.5m package of upgrades at four Hull schools aimed specifically for pupils with special educational needs has been approved by councillors. The largest spend will take place at Northcott Special School in Dulverton Close in Bransholme where £600,000 is being allocated to expand the age range of the school from five to 16 to three to 19. Overall, it will see the school's overall capacity increase to a total of 200 places. The school caters for children from across the city with autism, specific learning disabilities, speech and language disabilities and moderate learning difficulties.

One of the few schools in the city still maintained by Hull City Council, the new facilities will be a mix of refurbished accommodation and extra modular classrooms. St. Mary's College in Cranbrook Avenue, Hull, will also receive £350,000 to improve existing facilities for pupils with special educational needs. It is the city's only mixed Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form. Rise Academy, which caters pupils aged 11 to 16 and operates at three sites in Hull, will be allocated £450,000 towards the development of a new base for its acclaimed Rising Stars project for pupils with communication, cognition and learning issues who are currently taught in groups of six by specialist teachers. It is earmarked to be on part of the Francis Askew Primary site in North Road, west Hull, as both schools are part of the same academy trust. Finally, Wansbeck Academy in Wenning Grove, east Hull, will receive £100,000 to support the provision of primary age special educational needs places. The school also provides support for pupils with severe complex medical needs and children with special educational, physical and medical needs who have newly-arrived in the country and cannot be easily placed in other mainstream schools….

Headteacher Katherine Johnson as Northcott Special School


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