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Wokingham: Plans to expand SPED school; $5.8M US to educate kids close to home

Feb 3, 2019, Reading Chronicle: Addington School in Woodley would be able to take on more pupils with special education needs https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/17405871.addington-school-in-woodley-would-be-able-to-take-on-more-pupils-with-special-education-needs/ MAJOR plans to expand a specialist school for children with additional needs have been approved. Members of Wokingham Borough Council's (WBC) executive have given the green light to upgrade Addington School in Woodley. The £4.4m [$5.8M US dollars] project will allow more children with special educational needs to be educated closer to home. Currently, the school serves just over 200 children and holds an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted…. “An expansion would allow us to educate more of the borough’s children locally. "We currently send far too many of our children out of the borough to expensive special schools elsewhere…. Around 130 children from the borough needing a special school placement are currently educated outside. These placements and the associated travel costs can be particularly expensive, as well as being a strain on the children and their families.