“However, I recognise that for those with more complex needs, specialist provision is required. Therefore, I am delighted to back the expansion of the county’s range of special education facilities with this brand new, purpose-built school.”
To be called the Austen Academy, the new school will be operated by the Catch 22 Academy Trust – the sponsor appointed by the DfE. It will have places for 125 children and young people with special educational needs, aged between 5 and 16 years old. Money for the new school was secured by the County Council after it made a successful bid to the DfE for a share of the national Free Schools funding offer.
The new school has been designed to the DfE’s requirements by the County Council’s award-winning Property Services team. As the DfE’s local delivery partner, the County Council will oversee and monitor the school’s construction from start to finish. Subject to planning approvals being given, it is anticipated that work will begin at the end of 2019 and complete early 2021, with the school opening in Spring 2021.