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(UK) Welsh special needs schools expanding enrollment capacities

Dec 18, 2018, Wales Online: Proposals to demolish Cardiff's Cantonian High School put forward—Two special schools could also move onto the same site https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education/proposals-demolish-cardiffs-cantonian-high-15567851 Cardiff's Cantonian High school could be demolished and rebuilt on the same site, with two special schools moved to the same grounds. Cardiff council wants to expand the capacity of the rebuilt Cantonian, in Fairwater, as part of plans it hopes would come into effect by September 2023. As part of the proposals, the school would expand from six to eight forms of entry, with sixth form provision for up to 250 pupils. Cantonian's specialist resource base for pupils with autism would be expanded from 20 to 30 places. Woodlands Special School would be transferred to the Doyle Avenue site and its capacity would be increased from 140 places to 240 places at its proposed new building. Riverbank Special School would also transfer to the site, and its capacity would be increased from 70 to 140 places. Cardiff council's cabinet agreed on December 13 to hold a public consultation on the plans. The plan is being put forward amid rising demand for school places and additional learning needs education in Cardiff, and a significant backlog of maintenance in its school buildings. … The cabinet also agreed to extend the age range of Greenhill Special School from 11 to 16 to 11 to 19 and to increase its capacity from September 2019.