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New Shepshed special school will cater for 50 children

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AprimaryschoolinShepshedistobeconvertedintoaspecialneedsschoolfor50childrenfromall

A primary school in Shepshed is to be converted into a special needs school for 50 children from all over Leicestershire.

St Botolphs Primary in Loughborough Road in the town is due to close and move to a nearby site in September 2022.

Over the following year, work will be carried out to prepare the building for 50 children with special education needs the following September.

On Sunday the Department for Education confirmed the new school, which will be called Bowman Academy, could go ahead and be run by the Community Inclusive Trust, which already has permission to open a new special needs school in Blaby later this year.

The trust’s chief executive officer Peter Bell said: “We are delighted the DfE have announced our successful Free School bid.

“The school is due to open in Shepshed in September 2023 and will cater for 50 children with social emotional and mental health needs from across Leicestershire.

“This new school will work in close partnership with other Leicestershire schools and Leicestershire County Council, as well as its sister CIT school, Foxfields Academy in Blaby, which is due to open to pupils this autumn.”

Bowman Academy is one of a number of new special schools – as well as new classes in mainstream schools - being created by Leicestershire County Council.

The council is investing up to £30 million to develop new provisions for children and young people with special educational needs in the county.

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Deborah Taylor, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are delighted that the Department for Education is supporting the building of this wonderful new school, and that the Community Inclusive Trust have been appointed to run the school when it opens in September 2023.

“It will be of great benefit to children and families here in Leicestershire and is part of our wider plan to ensure SEND provision is available to families in the county, as close to their homes as possible.

“We look forward to seeing the building develop and welcoming children to the new school.”

Across the UK, the government wants to create up to 3,000 more school places for children with special needs and Bowman Academy was one of 37 new schools approved on Sunday.

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