Ambitious plans unveiled to extend Coventry's Special Educational Needs provision - The Coventry Observer

Ambitious plans unveiled to extend Coventry's Special Educational Needs provision

Coventry Editorial 24th Apr, 2022   0

AN AMBITIOUS scheme to expand existing Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision in Coventry has taken a significant step forward.

A planning application has been submitted to enable Woodfield Special School (primary and secondary phases) to relocate to the former Woodlands Academy site.

The plans were first revealed in July 2017 and consultation began in July 2021.

They would see the former Woodlands Academy site brought back into educational use as a purpose-built special school, helping tackle a need for more places for children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

Listed buildings on the Woodlands site would be refurbished and adapted to create modern learning spaces specifically tailored to the needs of the pupils and maintain the community sports facilities.

Kirston Nelson, Coventry City Council’s Chief Partnerships Officer, said: “I’m thrilled that our ambitions for Woodfield school and the Woodlands site have taken a step forward.

“Success of this scheme will mean we can expand our SEMH provision for children and young people can learn in the specialist new environment that they deserve.

“This is also a great opportunity to expand community provision and make a positive change in the local community whilst enabling us to continue to support children and young people in Coventry.

“I’m sure this news will be welcomed, and I look forward to continuing to see the scheme develop.”


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