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(UK) Southampton: New special school for 'increasing school-age population'

January 12, 2021,Cision News: Yarrow Heights School planning a new Centre of Excellence for Special Education Needs in Southampton https://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/yarrow-heights-school-planning-a-new-centre-of-excellence-for-special-education-needs-in-southampton-833513818.html A consortium of specialist education investors has acquired the former site of the Senior Department of St. Mary's Independent School in Bitterne Grove, Southampton. The site has been renamed Yarrow Heights School. "The plan is to establish a new day school for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), aiming to open in September 2021. The school will serve the needs of an increasing school-aged population diagnosed with SEN in South East England," said Anne Marie Carrie, Chairperson of Yarrow Heights School and former CEO of Barnardo's, the UK's largest children's charity. The number of school aged children diagnosed with acute SEN in South East England has increased 46% from 2015/16 to 2019/20. [1] Most of these children struggle to cope in mainstream school settings. … …"There are simply not enough high-achieving specialist schools to meet the needs of these young people," Karen said…. The school will be co-ed, 7-16 years old with a capacity of 60 pupils. [1] Table showing Headcount for 'Age and gender - by SEN provision, type of need and school type' for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty, Severe Learning Difficulty, Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Statement or EHC from 'Special educational needs in England' in South East between 2015/16 and 2019/20,...