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Special school plans on show in Fakenham

Special school plans on show in Fakenham

Published by KLFM
12:05pm 31st January 2020. (Updated at 9:52am 4th February 2020)

Money could be spent on a new school for children with autism in Fakenham.

Norfolk County Council intends to build it on the old Fakenham College site, having pledged a £120m investment to transform education for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the county.

We can see the plans and ask any questions at a drop in event at the community centre this afternoon (January 31) between 2-6pm.

School sign

Cabinet Member for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, Cllr John Fisher said: 

"We've pledged to transform special needs education in Norfolk which is why we're investing millions of pounds in building up to four new specialist schools and establishing more specialist units in mainstream schools across the county.

"We've always said that we want the former Fakenham College site to become a school for children with autism because it will mean that these children and young people who need specialist support and live in the surrounding area don't have to travel such long distances to get the education they need and deserve. This is an important proposal  and I'm looking forward to meeting local people at our exhibition to explain more about it."

Primary School

 

The proposal is to develop a school that will provide modern learning facilities for up to 100 children and young people aged 5-16 with autism. It would be run by an academy trust with experience of providing this type of specialist education. Applications from providers for running the school have been submitted and the Government will make the final decision about the successful applicant in early Spring.

A planning application is timetabled to be submitted in February and a formal consultation about the plans will take place during that process. If approved, the new school could start accepting pupils from early 2022.  

Norfolk County Councillor for Fakenham, Cllr Tom FitzPatrick said:

 "I am in no doubt that the Fakenham community is positive about the possibility of hosting such an important facility for children and families living with autism in north Norfolk. We all know that with the right support from experts helping them to learn, these children can make real progress and go on to have successful futures."

He added:

 "I am also aware that the community is interested in knowing what will happen elsewhere on the site and I am absolutely committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure their interests are represented as the plan for the site develops. I am delighted that, as part of this process, we have already been able to offer a parcel of land to the Cricket Club to help support their ambitions and that we are talking to the Town Council about how they can use parts of the site for the benefit of the community."

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