Dec 3, 2017, (UK) KentOnline: Providing specialist school places is a 'key priority' for Sheppey, say education bosses http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sheerness/news/new-special-school-is-priority-136331/ Building Sheppey's first free school for children with special educational needs has been identified as a "key priority" by education bosses. Every day, at least 80 youngsters are forced to go to specialist units miles away on the mainland as there is nowhere for them on the Island. The gap in provision has been highlighted by Kent County Council. It says land has already been set aside for educational use and could be used for what would be Sheppey's first free school. … "We believe the scale of the forecast demand for pupils aged 11 to 16 years could be accommodated either through the establishment of a new 120-place free special school with the designation of behaviour and learning on the Isle of Sheppey for pupils aged seven to 16 years, or through an annex of Bower Grove School on the Isle of Sheppey.