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07 August 2018

Hundreds give their views on investment in special schools places

I am really pleased so many people took the time to respond and we will be drawing all these responses together to create a strong proposal for the future

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services

More than 850 people responded to a consultation on how we can invest to ensure there are sufficient places for children and young people with special needs and or disabilities into the future.

Schools in the north of the county are already at full capacity and more space is needed to provide for at least an additional 70 pupils in this area alone by 2026. Overall the north will need to build 150 places to meet the overcrowding situation in the schools there.

The proposals are part of a county-wide solution to create an additional 220 spaces by 2026.

A consultation which closed last week attracted a wide range of responses which will now be carefully considered before a report goes to cabinet for any further action including the possibility of publishing statutory notices for formal consultation on any specific proposal.

The consultation provided space for a wide range of comments but people were asked for feedback on three options:

  • Develop a single school
  • Develop two schools
  • Develop/continue three schools in Chippenham, Trowbridge and near Devizes

The range of comments received included: good use of money, ensuring there is vocational education offered to older children, expanding current provision rather than replacing, creating outdoor facilities for sport and gardening and minimum travel time.

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children's services said: "I am really pleased so many people took the time to respond and we will be drawing all these responses together to create a strong proposal for the future.

"Our schools in the north are already full so it is important we act now. We are committed to providing significant investment so we have sufficient places available in classrooms which provide a supportive environment that helps our pupils to enjoy school and thrive."

Last updated: 7 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 7 August 2018

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