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Rutland County Council approves £700,000 plan to improve facilities for children with special educational needs at Uppingham Community College

A £700,000 scheme to teach children with special educational needs has been approved at Uppingham Community College.

Rutland County Council has approved a plan for the college to build a new drama room , while redesigning and expanding its existing special education needs (SEND) facility. At present, the county council sends a number of children and young people with SEND to schools outside the county.

The council says the new SEND facility will provide places for up to 10young people who have communication and interaction needs, including those on the autistic spectrum. The council says this will allow them to live, be educated and grow with independence in the community.

Uppingham Community College (8336465)
Uppingham Community College (8336465)

Work is due to start this August, with completion due by the end of the year. the works will be carefully and safely co-ordinated with the on-going running of the college during term time.

College headteacher Ben Solly says the college has 914 students on its roll and the first two SEND pupils will enrol at the new facility next August.

He said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Uppingham Community College and the young people of Rutland. Through the partnership with Rutland County Council we want to establish a centre of excellence for SEND provision, where young people with communication and interaction needs are integrated into mainstream secondary education.”

A move for Rutland Council to work with Uppingham College on SEND facilities was approved by its cabinet last month, with the council also providing £200,000in start-up costs for the new facilities.

Coun David Wilby, portfolio holder for education, said: “This facility will enable our children with special education needs and disabilities to not only have access to an excellent education, but also the chance to build relationships and socialise with their peers in an environment that is safe and tailored to their needs.”

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