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(UK) Rotherham: New 125 place special school; officials 'very excited'/'delighted'

Mar 7, 2022, The Star: Trust appointed to run new SEMH school in Rotherham https://www.thestar.co.uk/education/trust-appointed-to-run-new-semh-school-in-rotherham-3600479

Central England A specialist trust has been appointed to run a new school in Rotherham for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Ethos Academy Trust (EAT) will run the new 125-child school, which will be based at the former Dinnington College Campus, following a selection process involving Rotherham Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner and the Department for Education. The new school will be the only one of its type in the borough and will meet the growing need for specialist provision. SEMH issues can include a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attachment issues, a diagnosed mental illness such as depression or anxiety and sometimes includes mental health issues experienced by children and young people with autism spectrum conditions…. Councillor Victoria Cusworth, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Children’s mental health is at the top of Rotherham Council’s agenda and I am really pleased that we will soon be able to provide this specialist provision in the borough…. “We are very excited to be working alongside them on our shared goal of boosting the education and life chances of Rotherham children.” Jayne Foster, CEO at Ethos Academy Trust said: “The Trust is delighted to have been chosen by Rotherham Council to develop this new school….

Demolition and adaptation work at Dinnington Campus to prepare for the new school began in November 2021 and is on course for completion in April this year, with the new school set to open in the summer term.

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