“Therefore, I am delighted to support taking forward the proposal to expand one of our existing special schools this brand new, purpose-built facility and agree the recommendation to consult with the school community, ahead of developing more detailed plans.”
The decision to consult was made, on 11 November 2020, by the County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services and Young People, Councillor Patricia Stallard, who said: “I know how hard the County Council works to ensure all children with differing needs in Hampshire receive the right support to help them learn and achieve, making the most of their abilities.
Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College is a Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) designated school. The County Council is considering an investment of £10.5 million to expand the school’s capacity by building a new unit for 90 pupils aged 10-16 with SEMH needs. It is proposed that the existing surplus area to the east of the Samuel Cody Specialist Sports College campus is used to house a new two storey teaching accommodation block, all required external facilities and independent drop off, pick up and parking facilities. The new unit is planned to open in phases from September 2022.