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(UK) N. Yorkshire: Special school for 120 proposed; 350 more needed in next 5 yrs

Sept 29, 2022, Darlington and Stockton Times: Northallerton Grammar School site could be special needs centre

N. England

A surplus school building could be turned into a specialist education centre if the government agrees to plans by North Yorkshire County Council….

Now North Yorkshire County Council has announced it is proposing to transform it into an urgently needed centre for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Education specialists estimate an additional 350 specialist places will be needed in the next five years across the county and the need is particularly pressing in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

Their plans involve converting part of the former Northallerton school site on Grammar School Lane into the specialist centre catering for around 120 pupils aged from eight to 16.

The authority said other sites and buildings had been expored across the district and they had found no other suitable options.

Cllr Annabel Wilkinson, executive member for education and skills, said: “There is increasing demand for specialist education for young people with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs. If North Yorkshire’s application to the Special Free School building programme is successful, it will provide families and young people in Hambleton and Richmondshire with much-needed specialist provision on their doorstep.”…

The council is applying for money to build the school through the Department for Education's Special Free School programme which is expected to see 60 new buildings going forward through competitive applications this year….

The school site in Grammar School Lane, Northallerton


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