New Special School for Poole given green light to proceed

Proposals for a new special school for Poole have been given a green light by the Department for Education.

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The Harbour Special Free School, proposed by Delta Education Trust, which includes the Outstanding Quay School in Poole, submitted an application for the new school earlier in the year, and – along with seven others in the South West region – received confirmation that it has been approved to open from September next year.

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The proposed Special School will provide up to 60 places for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and related Anxiety and Speech and Language needs. The school would serve children in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, and all three councils have identified a gap in provision in this area, with pupils having to travel long distances to schools out of the area.

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Jo Perry CEO of Delta Education Trust said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to create a special place to learn at the heart of our community where each child will be able to develop their individual skills and talents and flourish. This is just the beginning of our journey and there are many challenges to come. I would like to thank council officers, Quay School parents, staff and Governors who have provided unstinting support throughout the application process. A number of families have already come forward to support our proposals and we look forward to working with them and the local community as we move towards opening our gates for the first time.”

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Over the coming weeks, Delta Education Trust will announce where the school will be located and will be hosting public meetings for parents and residents interested in finding out more about the school.