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(UK) S. London: Autism school proposed for 16 y.o. and older

Aug 14, 2023, My London: South London SEN school for teenagers with autism and learning difficulties who can't go to mainstream college could be built

The school will cater for teenagers with autism or social, emotional and mental health needs, mainly those over 16 who don't have anywhere locally to continue their education in a specialist environment

A new school for kids with special educational needs could open in South London under new plans. The specialist day school would open in the building of an empty former nursery, in Putney Vale, if planning permission is granted by Wandsworth Council….

The school would have two classrooms, sensory rooms, activity areas, a library, a dining room, staff areas and toilets. It would have capacity for up to 24 students between 14 and 19 years old, who have social, emotional and mental health needs or autism. …

The catchment area for the school would be Wandsworth and surrounding boroughs. The statement added: "The proposed school will assist in meeting both current and futures needs of local pupils, where there is notable lack of opportunities for specialist education and training, particularly for those 16 years old and over.

"The applicant has had numerous discussions with local authorities who have been unable to place post-16 pupils in an appropriate setting. This has often resulted in pupils being ‘kept on’ for a year or two in other educational settings to ensure that they have some continuity of education to meet their specialist needs.

"Without provision of additional specialist education facilities, such as that proposed here, there is a risk that a greater number of local children will need to travel further, and out of area, to receive the specialist education and training that they require. To send children further afield would be inherently unsustainable and has the potential to reduce the learning opportunities for these vulnerable young people."


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