More school places to be made available to Gloucestershire special needs pupils

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More schools places are set to be made available for children with special educational needs in Gloucestershire.

At a meeting of Gloucestershire County Council‘s cabinet on Wednesday members will be asked approve a £300,000 investment for schools in the county.

The proposals include more pupil places at special schools in the county, and adjustments to mainstream schools to cater for more pupils including those with disabilities or additional needs.

If agreed, the plans will mean a further £296,000 for schools. The council also want to invest almost £3 million into expanding special schools so more children will be able to attend a school closer to where they live.

Cabinet will be asked to approve plans to extend facilities at Belmont Special School and Battledown Children and Families Centre in Cheltenham, Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury, and Paternoster Special School in Cirencester, to take an 77 extra pupils over two years.

It is hoped this will reduce the need to send children to specialist schools out of the county or to an independent schools.

Other changes to the already approved programme include more money for the expansions of The Cotswold School and Winchcombe Secondary School. Both schools have projects underway that will provide them with 150 extra places each. The extra £5 million will fund measures to cut carbon emissions at the schools as well as drainage issues, archaeological work and access improvements.

£5.5 million previously allocated for county primary places will be returned to the schools pot, as forecasting shows these primary places now won’t be needed until after 2024.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member responsible for education, commented: “We’re committed to making sure all children get the education they deserve, which is why we’re investing over £100 million into our county’s schools.

“There is strong support for increasing the special educational needs provision in the county and this cash injection will help us to do just that.”

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