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(UK) Norfolk County: NEW special school wanted for boys with 'extreme challenging behavior'

June 4, 2019, Eastern Daily Press: Wanted: Academy sponsor for new special school for "extremely challenging" boys A new special school for "high risk" boys in Great Yarmouth is seeking an academy sponsor. Norfolk County Council is looking for applicants to run the new free school taking shape at the former Alderman Swindell Primary School in Beresford Road. The new social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) free school will cater for up to 94 pupils, all boys, aged five to 16, on a day and residential basis…. It is described as a provision for pupils who present "regular extreme challenging behaviour" and of "high risk to themselves, their peers and adults." Defined behaviours include phobias, anxiety states and depression; stealing, defiance, fire-setting, aggression, violence to themselves, and antisocial behaviour. Children could also suffer with attachment or trauma disorders, possibly because of abuse and neglect. Other mental health disorders could include psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder. … The £12m [$15M US dollars] building costs of the new school, which will be mix of refurbishment and new units, will be met by the local authority which is also at the early stages of looking at putting a children's home on the site. … John Fisher, cabinet member for children's services, said: "This school will be for children with social, emotional and health difficulties, who are from the Great Yarmouth area. "It is important that they attend a good school, in their local community and do not have to travel long distances to school which only exacerbates their difficulties. "Norfolk has a brilliant track record of providing these kind of schools, with Eaton Hall in Norwich providing outstanding education for its pupils. "We're investing £120m in new specialist provision to transform learning for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Norfolk. "The new school in Great Yarmouth will provide much needed places for children in the east of the county." …


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