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(UK) Rochester: Special school to expand for students 18 to 25 y.o.

Aug 14, 2023, Kent Online: City of Rochester School in Cliffe Woods plans for expansion at Medway City Estate building

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A special needs school has submitted plans to transform a two-storey building on an industrial park into new classrooms.

City of Rochester School, which is based in Cliffe Woods, wants to expand its current number of pupils from 50 to 70 with new premises.

If given the green light, a former commercial building on the Medway City Estate in Rochester will be a second site for the charitable independent school to educate its students….

An application for a change of use for the current building has been submitted so it can be turned into a school, while also allowing City of Rochester to expand the age range it caters for to encompass young people between 18 and 25-years-old with a diagnosis of autism.

A planning document sent to Medway Council said: “At City of Rochester School we provide specialist education for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition, aged 5 to 18.

“We are incredibly proud of our unique children, our supportive parents and carers and our dedicated staff where we all work together to make City of Rochester School a safe, happy and inspirational place to learn.

“We are a small school, currently with 50 children on our roll in total. …

A design statement for the school’s latest plans said: “We are looking to expand the school by taking on a new off site premises from which to run vocational learning for some of the older pupils to help them learn trades and life skills to assist them as they move on from education.

“We have outgrown the current vocational learning area within the school and have been looking at the most effective and efficient way to increase the capacity for vocational learning. By locating vocational learning away from the main site we can achieve a number of goals.”


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