Brand new special school to open in Gateshead

According to Chronicle Live, a new SEND school is to be built in Gateshead to replace an existing one, ensuring more places are available for special needs pupils

Plans for a new special school in Gateshead have been unveiled by the local council.

Gibside School’s current site was extended only recently, but it remains too small to meet the growing demand for SEND places.

As a result, plans for a multi-million pound site for the school to relocate to have been submitted to the council’s planning department.

The new building will have a capacity of 170 pupils, aged three to 11. The current site teaches 130.

Assuming it’s approved, the school will be open by Autumn 2020.

The council has put aside £11.6m for the project.

A statement written by council planners said: “The forecasted numbers on the roll indicate that if there is no increase in capacity, the local authority will have to send Gateshead children out of the borough for their educational and welfare needs at a cost of £38,000 per autistic child and £48,000 per child with profound and multiple learning difficulties.”

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