Aug 14, 2019, Sussex Express: Plans for Hailsham special school given green light https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/education/plans-for-hailsham-special-school-given-green-light-1-9034760 Proposals to build a new special school in Hailsham have been given the go ahead by councillors An application to build a specialist school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs at Reef Way was approved by East Sussex County Council’s planning committee today (Wednesday August 14). … Mr Juilan said: “I thought it would be helpful from a children’s services point of view to give a bit of context [to the application]. It is mainly around the rise in the number of children with social, emotional and mental health needs in East Sussex. “In January 2016, out of 2,756 children with special educational needs, 420 had SEMH. But by January 2019 there were 605 pupils with SEMH. “While many of these children are placed within mainstream schools, that isn’t always satisfactory. It is not always a good provision and cannot always meet their needs. … According to planning documents, the school – to be arranged into an upper and lower school with separate entrances – is to provide places for around 80 pupils between the ages of four- and 16-years-old…..