Doncaster Council has today released further details about the Special School for Communication and Interaction special educational needs that will be established in Doncaster.
The school will primarily be for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically high functioning ASD and Asperger’s. This cohort may also have social, emotional and mental health needs and specific learning difficulties
Working with the Department for Education, the new school is envisaged to be on the Hungerhill Enterprise Park site. This school would have places for 100 children and young people, 80 of which would be filled by the council, with the remaining 20 offered to neighbouring authorities.
The school will be closely associated with another secondary school to enable pupils to access a mainstream curriculum where this is appropriate.
The Department for Education has today announced the creation of 1,600 new special free school places across England, made up of a total of 19 new schools.
Cllr Nuala Fennelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide our young people and those across South Yorkshire, who have special educational needs and disabilities with the kind of education and support they deserve. We need to have a broad range of provision to meet the needs of all young people to ensure that they have the opportunity to make good progress. This schools programme also helps us deliver innovation, choice and higher standards for parents and carers.
“We have worked with the Department for Education to develop the specifications that must be met by potential operators when applying to run the school. It is vital that these specifications address the need for additional SEND provision in Doncaster, which is why they have been so carefully put together.”