Special needs centre to be created at Uppingham Community College
A new facility for children with special needs is being planned in Rutland.
The plans relate to the accessible central areas of Uppingham Community College, where classrooms will be converted to become a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) learning environment within a mainstream school.
Currently, a number of children and young people with SEND attend schools outside of Rutland.
It is intended that the new facility will provide up to 10 places for people with communication and interaction needs, including those on the autistic spectrum.
Rutland County Council will work with Uppingham Community College on the £700,000 project. The Government has pledged £848,000 for this and similar schemes in Rutland between 2018 and 2020. The council is also considering allocating £200,000 for the start up of the facility. This will be decided at its April full cabinet meeting.
If approved, work should start in July ready for a September 2020 intake of Year 7 students. Most work will happen during summer and Christmas holidays to minimise disruption to existing students.
Ben Solly, Uppingham Community College principal, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Uppingham Community College and the young people of Rutland.
"Through this partnership 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.”