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(UK) Scunthorpe: Special school for 60 being planned; "increasing demand"

July 29, 2020, Gi Media: Updates on Scunthorpe’s new school https://www.gi-media.co.uk/2020/07/29/updates-on-scunthorpes-new-school/ NE England Earlier this month, plans for a new school in Scunthorpe were revealed. Now, North Lincolnshire Council have confirmed the preferred location as a site on West Common Lane. The site has been selected due to its close proximity to existing post 16 education providers. Building work is expected to begin summer 2021, subject to planning approval, with the school scheduled to open the following September. Wellspring Academy Trust have been approved to run the new facility for post-16 students with special education needs. The trust already has twenty other special and alternative academies. Following the announcement of a government scheme to create up to 3,000 new school places across 37 new schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities, the new school in Scunthorpe will provide places for up to 60 pupils aged between 16 and 19 with special educational needs and disabilities. … “It is brilliant the government has chosen North Lincolnshire as one of the locations to create a new Special School…. “Special needs school places are in increasing demand and we are proud to be able to play our part in meeting some of that growing need. “This new school will ensure that more pupils can access the high-quality specialist education they need to thrive and will improve the long-term life chances of some of our most vulnerable young people…. “Having the opportunity to develop purpose-built schools specifically designed to support the particular needs of the pupils is great for Wellspring and will be fantastic for those who will be able to attend and their families.” The new Scunthorpe school is one of five across the Yorkshire and the Humber area.