A special free school is to be built in Selby following a successful bid to the Department for Education.
At present, there is no special school in the Selby area, which means children and young people from Selby who need a special school have to travel to another part of North Yorkshire or out of the county.
The successful bid, announced by the Government last week, was a key part of the North Yorkshire County Council’s Strategic Plan for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Education provision. The proposal to submit a bid was strongly supported during formal consultation on the plan, when 94 per cent of people who responded to a council survey agreed with the proposal.
County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is among the most important jobs we do. We are very pleased that our bid was approved by the Government. Having a special school in the Selby area will bring benefits for children and young people across education, health and care.
“At present, some children and young people from the Selby area have to travel significant distances to their special schools. A new special school will enable them to go to school in their community and with their friends, which will support their social and emotional wellbeing.
“It will reduce travelling time and, therefore, the time children spend away from their home and community. There will also be greater opportunity to have health needs met locally, to be part of community events and developments and to prepare for adulthood in their own area.
“For parents and carers, there will be more opportunity to develop relationships with the school and improved choice in provision for young people with education, health and care plans.”
The proposed school will cater for up to 100 pupils aged three to 19.