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Crewe school to expand to prevent children with special educational needs being sent out of the borough

Cheshire East Council has backed a £1m expansion of a school for children with special educational needs.

An extra 24 places are to be created at Springfield Special School in Crewe, taking it to 156 under proposals backed by the council’s cabinet.

It is after a report said there needed to be more specialist provision in the borough.

The next nearest school, which provides similar provision in Cheshire East, is Park Lane in Macclesfield.

Otherwise youngsters face a long journey out of the area.

The additional places at Springfield will potentially save the council around £440,000 a year by reducing the need for more expensive out-of-borough placements for pupils.

Funding for the expansion of places will come from developer contributions, the school and the Council.

Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “This is excellent news for residents of Cheshire East – and particularly for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and their families.

“By increasing SEN places within Cheshire East, the council can reduce more-costly placements outside of the borough, reduce journey times and travel costs, make better use of resources and provide more choice for parents.

“Most crucially, it enables us to support our pupils to be able to stay in their local community – allowing them to build friendships with people who live close to them and spend less time travelling. In short, it helps us bring our children back home.”    

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in February 2018.

 

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