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(UK) Plymouth: 120 place special school in planning stage; official: 'delighted'

Nov 23, 2021, Plymouth Herald: Vulnerable children will get education they deserve in new school plans

SW England Plans for a new school so the most vulnerable children can have the education and care they deserve closer to their homes are being developed. The scheme for children with additional needs near Plymouth have moved a step closer as a result of an innovative partnership between Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and The Special Partnership Trust. It aims to deliver a special school providing 120 places for children aged from 5 to 16, and the school will become a centre of educational excellence for pupils who have a significant level of ASD and Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs…. Devon County Council is working hard to secure a suitable site well located to serve both Devon’s and Plymouth’s children and young people, with a site in the south west Devon area the preferred option. Devon County Council’s cabinet member for schools, Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, said: “This is part of a multi-million programme by the county council to open new special schools and increase the number of places in our existing special schools. … Cllr Dave Downie, Plymouth City Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “We are delighted to see that big progress has been made in moving forward this innovative partnership. Children in Plymouth City with specific needs will benefit from the new provision when it is ready. It is one of our top priorities to meet every child’s need enabling them to achieve best outcomes.”


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