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(UK) Norfolk: New special school to meet 'growing demand for places' headteacher: 'delighted'

Dec 4, 2023, Lynn News: Norfolk County Council submits application to move existing special educational needs school to Swaffham

E. England

Plans have been submitted for an existing special educational needs school to move to a Breckland town.

Norfolk County Council wants to move Fred Nicholson School from its current home in Dereham to Swaffham.

The school would be based on a new site on Lynn Road, to ensure it can better meet the needs of its growing number of pupils.

The move would also mean the school can support children from reception to sixth-form age.

It currently caters for children up to just 16 years old.

The school's Orchard Autism Specialist Resource Base (SRB) would also move as part of the plans and pupil numbers could grow from 173 to 225 from April 2025.

The move is part of the council’s £100m [$126M] investment with the Department for Education, to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Known as Local First Inclusion, the programme builds on the £120m [$151M investment already made by the council, which has seen the creation of 650 new specialist places over five years….
“Growing demand for places means that Fred Nicholson has completely outgrown its current building and the school needs to move, so that it can continue to provide the brilliant education it offers its children.

“It’s just one of the projects we’re investing in for children with SEND (special educational needs and disability) – we’ve supporting mainstream schools so that they can help children earlier, investing in our own teams and building hundreds of new specialist places.”…

Jane Hayman, head teacher of the Fred Nicholson School, said: “We are delighted at the fantastic opportunity this move could give our young people and the team here – it’s a very exciting prospect.

“We recognise the significant impact the expansion of our school could have on the wider SEND community in Norfolk as we can offer more places to more children from a wider age range….

Councillor William Nunn, county councillor for Swaffham, said: “I’m excited about the prospect of this great school moving to Swaffham. It will give more children with special educational needs the chance to learn more locally, in modern facilities. I would encourage those living locally to look at the plans and respond to the consultation.”…


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