Feb 17, 2019, Nottingham Post: £250,000 [$322,000 US dollars] expansion planned for Clifton academy will open up more spaces for students with autism https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/250000-expansion-planned-clifton-academy-2547686 A Nottingham school which works with children with special educational needs and disabilities could be expanded by this autumn, a council report has revealed. Nethergate Academy, in Clifton, is a co-educational school providing education for children and young people with special educational needs. With the current student population sitting at 118, Nottingham City Council has put forward plans to expand this by 40 places, focusing particularly on the increased facilities for children with autism. The council has suggested an amount of £250,000 to carry out the expansion for the school, as part of a wider strategy. The need for more places was described as 'urgent' with the school being asked to facilitate a partial increase by September this year. The school said many of the students have previously found it difficult to 'fit in' to mainstream education. But with the experienced teaching staff available at the academy, they are aiming to help students reach their full potential. In its plans, the council said it needed to create a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) strategy to boost the amount of places available to students over the next five years. The report added: "The development of this strategy involved looking at the type and number of places required and reviewing options for increasing provision at existing SEND schools in order to meet a growing demand for places and identifying priority areas. "The first priority identified from this strategy is an expansion of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) provision at Nethergate Academy, increasing the existing provision by 40 places."