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(UK) Weston: More places for "pupils with profound/severe learning difficulties"; numbers up

April 2, 2021, Weston Mercury: Major boost to special school expansion plans https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/progress-for-baytree-school-expansion-7869094

SW England Plans to create more school places for pupils with profound and severe learning difficulties have moved a major step forward…. As the proposal is for a large development in the greenbelt, the planning application had been referred to the Secretary of State …(SoS) for Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG). The current school site at Highlands Lane, in Locking Castle, Weston, cannot expand at its current location. The number of children with special educational needs and disabilities is growing and the application for the second site was made in response to the need for extra local school places. Cllr Catherine Gibbons, the council’s executive member for children’s services said: "This is a major step forward in our plans to build an extension to Baytree School. This facility does such wonderful work in ensuring some of our most vulnerable children have the education and opportunities they deserve and the new site will allow more children and families to benefit without the need to travel so far, or out of the area. … The new site at Brookfield Walk will be able to accommodate up to 85 pupils and has been chosen because it has good access from across North Somerset allowing for easier journeys for children with the most severe needs.