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(UK) Manchester: 150 place SPED high school coming; "response to rising demand"

Feb 14, 2023, Manchester Evening News: New secondary school for children with special needs to open in Manchester next year

NW England

A new secondary school for children with special educational needs is set to open in East Manchester next year. The free school academy with space for 150 pupils between 11 and 19 years old is set to open in September 2024.

The move is a response to rising demand for specialist education in the city and is the second secondary school planned in close proximity. Labour councillor John Flanagan who represents the area welcomed the proposal. He said: "I think it's absolutely brilliant for the North and East of Manchester to have a school like this. We're going from having no secondary schools to two secondary schools and one with a sixth form. We're absolutely delighted."…

Another secondary school is planned in Newton Heath at the former Jackson's Brickworks site as part of a huge housing development off Ten Acres Lane. The special secondary school at Sawley Road in Miles Platting would be run as an academy with a trust to be appointed by the Department for Education.

The new school would be open to boys and girls with an Education, Health and Care Plan, and will have space for 150 pupils aged between 11 and 19 years old. According to national policy, it must be established as a free school academy.


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