The council in conjunction with Hampshire County Council has made a successful bid for government funding to build a new special school academy in the city.
The new special school academy will help meet the needs of our growing school population and specifically cater for children with autism/social communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviour and/or sensory integration needs.
Scheduled to open in September 2020 it will offer 40 places for junior and secondary school pupils.
These children need more specialist support and interventions than mainstream schools can provide and there is a need for this type of specialist provision in the city.
The special free school academy will provide the right environment, be staffed by highly skilled professionals and provide effective strategies and resources to enable children and young people to learn and also to help them achieve other outcomes such as being part of the community and ultimately having a job and independence.