An expansion of Sir Tom Finney Community High School in Ribbleton is set to create up to 100 additional places and improve the facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.Advertisement
To meet demand for the extra places, it is planned to open up the currently unoccupied upper floor of the building.
Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has agreed the move as one of a number of proposals to increase the provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities over the next five years.
Cabinet also agreed to the creation of a special educational needs unit attached to Weeton Primary School.
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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, Cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “It is really important to the county council that as many children as possible are educated in mainstream schools which are suitable for their needs, as well as ensuring that appropriate sufficient specialist provision is available to meet demand. We are fully committed to achieving this.
“The reality is that we are facing an increasing demand for places. In this context the actions that we have agreed to take will go some way towards addressing the need for more special school places in certain parts of the county, and maximise the resources that we have available.
“Detailed consideration has been given to these proposals, including a formal consultation and a meeting with parents to consider their views.
“Our commitment to providing the best possible educational experience to all of our young people will always underpin the decisions that are taken.”
The SEND Sufficiency Strategy, which has received further consultation this year, was also agreed at the meeting.
This strategy helps the county council to meet increases in demand, as well as supporting more children and young people to be educated in mainstream schools.
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Statutory notices for all the proposals will be published, after which there will be a four-week period for people to give their views.
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