(UK) Ipswich: New special needs schools; demand 'high'-140 students

Nov 23, 2017, UK Ipswich Star: Interviews and decision due in New Year for sponsor of new special free school in Ipswich A decision on who will run a new special free school being planned for Ipswich is due to be made early next year. In April the Department for Education announced a raft of new free schools across the country, with one in Ipswich among those confirmed. The 60-place school is going to be established in east Ipswich, on the former Holywells High School site in Lindbergh Road next to Inspire Suffolk. … “The new school will bring much needed further provision for children with additional needs in this part of the county.” The school will cater for those aged between eight and 16 with social, emotional and mental health needs. County council staff said the demand for a special school in the Ipswich area was “high”. … The school is one of two free schools currently in development for Ipswich, with a second set to open at the former East of England Co-op department store in Carr Street. … The Government’s drive for 131 new free schools included two in Essex – Chelmsford and Chatten Free School in mid-Essex, which will accommodate more than 140 pupils.