Planning for Special School to open in North Lincolnshire

Planning for Special School to open in North Lincolnshire

A new Special School is set to open in Scunthorpe providing places for up to 60 pupils aged between 16 and 19 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Pupils will be able to choose from a range of subjects including catering, the arts and technology to build upon their previous learning in core subjects.

Students will be supported with their learning and work experience, enabling them to develop life skills to prepare them for adulthood.

Last year North Lincolnshire Council announced that they expected work will start to build the school in summer 2021 on a preferred site on West Common Lane in Scunthorpe.

This was subject to planning approval, and was anticipated to open in September 2022 – however it is only just at planning stage currently.

Ordanance Survey NLC

The site has been chosen due to its close proximity to existing post 16 education providers.

One local resident has already voiced their concern saying: “We object to the proposal to add another education establishment in this area on the grounds of location, traffic, access and parking.

“The location is currently largely green space on the ridge. According to para 11.6 of the Core Strategy the importance of green space in Scunthorpe is in reflecting its original Garden Town Design.

“There is insufficient parking for the proposed school for staff and visitors. Parking is already a problem in the wider residential area.

“Finally, we ask what is the problem to which this proposed SEND school is the solution. John Leggott College is open access, North Lindsey College has provision and so does St Hugh’s Academy in Broughton. Where is the need? Is there an inclusive vision here?”

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