Council gets approval for new free school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs

Article dated Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Bradford Council has been given the go ahead for a new school to open for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) in the district.

It was announced today that Bradford is one of 20 local authorities which have successfully bid to open a new special education needs (SEN) school through the Government’s free school programme.

The new school is expected to create 72 new places for pupils between the ages of 10 and 19  and provide a centre of excellence which can bring together specialised education, health and care services in one campus.

It aims to prepare young people for adult life through teaching and support which will enable them to participate fully in society and lead independent lives.  It will include residential facilities to support the needs of pupils and will be the first free school of its type in West Yorkshire.

It is hoped the new school can be up and running by 2020/21.   The authority will now be inviting bids to find a sponsor to run the new school for SEMH pupils.

Bradford’s special education needs schools are all currently at full capacity and the SEN population in the district is expected to rise by ten per cent in the next three years.

The vision is for the new school to provide a caring, secure and stimulating learning environment which is tailored to the needs of every child.

Bradford Council’s Deputy Director for Education, Employment and Skills Judith Kirk said: “This is fantastic news for Bradford. Creating more places for children and young people with additional needs is one of our top priorities.

“We are very pleased that the Government has backed our vision for a new school which can deliver specialist education and health services for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.  This provision will help to ensure we can make a real difference to the lives of young people who need extra support to ensure they can fulfill their potential.”

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