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(UK) Huntindonshire: "Desperate" parents fear their special needs child won't have a school

April 25, 2018, (UK) Hunts Post: Parents hit out at shortage of places at special schools in Huntingdonshire http://www.huntspost.co.uk/news/parents-hit-out-at-shortage-of-places-at-special-schools-in-huntingdonshire-1-5491628 Desperate parents of youngsters with Special Educational Needs (SEN) fear their children be left without a school to go to in September because of a shortage of places in local special schools…. At least nine families in St Neots are thought to be affected, together with more whose children are in mainstream schools but may need to move to more appropriate SEN places. Emma, from St Neots, said affected parents were faced with a stark choice of keeping their children in a nursery for a further year, attempting to home-school them or sending them to a mainstream school which would be unable to meet their needs. … A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “There is a large and growing need for provision for children with special educational needs. Some of the special schools in the county are at or close to capacity. “We have a total of 3,523 children and young people in Cambridgeshire with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). The needs of most children in Cambridgeshire can be met by a mainstream school. “A new special school - Highfield, Littleport - opened in September 2017 and we are planning for additional new special schools at Northstowe and Alconbury that are due to open in 2020.