New school green light

A new special educational needs free school is to be built in Bucks.

It has been confirmed that the Department for Education that it will fund the project.

Buckinghamshire Council put forward a successful bid to be one of 16 locations for the new special free schools, to create significantly more specialist provision in the county for children with additional needs.

Building the new school is a key part of the council’s SEND sufficiency strategy, which aims to ensure all such children can be sure of a high quality education that caters for their needs.

The new school will provide high quality provision for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs who require therapeutic support.

The council will now work with the Department for Education to identify a sponsor for the new school and to accelerate the proposal, confirming the site and likely time.

It is proposed that the school will offer 152 places for children aged seven-19, offering a high-quality education with therapeutic support, with maths, English and science at Btec and GCSE level, alongside other vocational subjects.

Anita Cranmer, pictured, the council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: ‘We are delighted to have been awarded this vital funding, which will allow us to build a brand new special educational needs free school in Buckinghamshire.

‘…this will allow us to create a number of additional places for our children and families in Buckinghamshire so that they can access the education they need to thrive and flourish.

‘We are looking forward to working on this project with the Department for Education and the school’s future sponsors to develop a truly outstanding school.’