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Consultation begins on exciting school plans

Published Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Consultation will begin today on exciting plans which will see the former Woodlands School site bought back into use as a purpose-built special school, helping tackle a need for more places for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The plans would also include the retention of sporting facilities for use by the community as well as the school.

Parents and residents will be consulted on moving the current Woodfield Special School from its two separate sites on Hawthorn Lane and Stoneleigh Road.

The plan would see existing listed buildings on the Woodlands site refurbished and adapted to create modern learning spaces specifically tailored to the needs of the pupils and maintaining the community sports facilities. 

Cllr Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “These plans not only allow for the site to be retained for educational and sporting use, something we always said we wanted, but it also means some of our most vulnerable young people can be educated in the environment they deserve.

“There is a demand for more places for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly SEMH which Woodfield provides for. However, the two current Woodfield sites cannot meet the demand and there are considerable concerns about the quality of the buildings.

“These are exciting plans that represent a great opportunity to bring vacant education buildings back into use for children and young people, and the wider community. We now begin a period of consultation and I would urge people affected, particularly Woodfield parents and Woodlands residents to let us know what you think.”

The full consultation document and additional information can be found online.

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