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(UK) Wisbech: Work started on 60 place "social/emotional/mental health school"

Oct 9, 2021, Fenland Citizen: Plans for new Fenland secondary school in turmoil as Department for Education hunts for new site

East England Plans for a new secondary school in Wisbech are in “tatters” according to Fenland councillors as a search is under-way for a new proposed site. The Department for Education has decided to look for an alternative site to the proposed Gadds Lane location after Cambridgeshire County Council decided it no longer wanted to be involved in delivering the new school. In a memo sent out to councillors Michelle Rowe, the council’s democratic services manager, told members the decision to leave building the new school, which was due to be built on a site off Barton Road, in the hands of the Government was made due to funding…. The decision to search elsewhere for a suitable site comes just two months after the public was invited to have their say on plans for a new special school on the same location, known as Wisbech Green, which is due to be built as a replacement by Horizons Education Trust for their current school in Algores Way. It was to be built alongside the proposed new 600-place secondary school with the Brooke Weston Trust, which runs the Thomas Clarkson Academy, as the chosen partner to run the new secondary facility. Construction work on the new special needs school is expected to start next September and targeted to be ready to open in September 2023. The memo confirmed: “The work with the sponsor for the 60 place social, emotional and mental health school, which will share the Barton Road site with the proposed secondary school, is progressing well and is still on track to be delivered by September 2023.”…


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