Plans revealed for our new school
Plans have been revealed for a brand new school to be built in Surrey which will cater for children and young people with autism - Fox Grove.
A project with the LiFT Partnership, Surrey County Council and the Department for Education could see the purpose-built facility on a site in Leatherhead. It would be designed to cater for up to 152 children aged from four to 19.
The county council has predicted that the numbers of children and young adults requiring provision for Complex Social and Communication Needs could increase by 38 per cent over the next five years. The demand for places in Surrey is increasing at a faster rate than the national average - with a 104 per cent rise between January 2016 and October 2019.
Figures reveal that there are currently 3,272 children in need of Autism Spectrum Disorder on their Education and Health Plan, and that number is set to rise. Surrey has 24 special schools and 49 specialist units in mainstream schools providing 3,091 places.
The proposed new school will join Linden Bridge and West Hill schools which are already within the LiFT Partnership. Linden Bridge caters for children aged from four to 19 with Complex Social and Communication Needs while West Hill caters for those with Learning and Additional Needs.